Embrace prostate cancer treatments
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 02:00
A diagnosis of prostate cancer or any cancers may prompt an understandable feeling of dread, but patients actually have a wide range of options at their disposal for tackling the disease. More so, the disease is curable! Studies show that 85% of men have slow growing prostatic cancers. These are likely to die from other causes other than Prostate cancer.
There are so many options for treatment and a man’s quality of life is considered strongly when weighing various procedures. In Uganda, radiotherapy, hormonal drugs and surgery for early cases are the current methods used to treat the disease.
There are various misconceptions about the treatment options for Prostate cancer. Some of the misconceptions about prostate cancer treatments are: Surgery that removes the tumor can result in impotence, if the nerves that control erection are damaged during the procedure. Radiation can also lead to impotence.
However, all treatments have to be fully researched before they can be adopted as standard treatment for everyone. This is so that there’s assurance they work, and or they work better than the treatments that are available at the moment and are known to be safe. In addition, various treatments are developed and tested in laboratories. For ethical and safety reasons, experimental treatments must be tested in the laboratory before they can be tried in patients.
It is important to note that no natural treatments have been proven to cure prostate cancer though many natural remedies may have a role for cancer prevention in general.
Given the proper treatment, the survival rate of prostate cancer is very high. Overall, 99 per cent of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive at least five years, according to the American Cancer Society. Furthermore, 91 per cent of all prostate cancers are found while they are still within the prostate or only in nearby areas. The five-year relative survival rate for those men is almost 100 per cent.
Prostate cancer is very survivable if diagnosis and treatment are made early.
All in all, we should embrace the treatments given by our doctors. Remember, early detection, right treatment lead togood outcomes.
Public relations officer,
Uganda Cancer Institute