Choosing the right treatment for your prostate cancer

Posted by Foothills Urology on July 27, 2016 at 9:57 AM
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choosing the right prostate cancer treatmentA high PSA level. A positive biopsy. A treatment recommendation that includes the word “radical.” Once a prostate cancer diagnosis sinks in, many men just want to remove it. Now. And that’s a completely valid response. But surgery may not be the only answer. It may not even be the best option for you.

  1. Understand your test results. Your physician will evaluate the aggressiveness and severity of your cancer as accurately as possible based on your biopsy, PSA levels, a digital rectal exam, and other factors.
  1. Make an informed decision. Having abundant and accurate information can help you choose the best treatment for your diagnosis. Options may include:
  • Prostatectomy: Surgical removal of the prostate
  • Radiation therapy: High-energy rays are precisely targeted at tumors to kill cancerous tissue.
  • Active surveillance: Closely monitoring slow-growing cancers by frequently checking PSA levels and undergoing periodic biopsies to track tumor growth.

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