Don't Rush To Decide Treatment For Prostate Cancer
Men have three treatment options if they are diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer.
They could use surgery to remove the prostate, radiation therapy to try to eliminate the cancer, and what's called "active surveillance" or regular prostate checks and exams.
According to a Mayo Clinic survey of 643 urologists and radiation oncologists, most would direct patients into treatment in their field. Meaning that radiation oncologists would suggest radiation treatment, and urologists might be more prone to suggesting removal.
Dr. Stephen Rubenstein is an oncologist with St. Francis Health, and he says a lot of times, men are making the decision based off of fear because they have cancer, but he says, be calm and explore your options.
10% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer die from it, and Rubenstein says there are some quality of life issues to think about when deciding treatment, given that each treatment has different effects and outcomes.
Rubenstein also says St. Frances is working on a program that would give patients dealing with prostate cancer more options after a diagnoses is made.