Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant cancer cells develop in tissues of the prostate. The symptoms of type of cancer are may include frequent urination or weak flow of urine. The right type of prostate cancer treatment for your needs will depend on the specific stage of your cancer.
1. Active surveillance
Some men with prostate cancer experience slow growth of the cancer cells, so they may never need medication. They will, however, need to be monitored closely by our doctor just in case it worsens, which is referred to as “Active Surveillance.” The primary objective is to delay treatment or avoid unnecessary medication or any possible unwanted effects. It is often an option for men with low Gleason score non-aggressive and early-stage cancer.
2. Radical prostatectomy
Prostatectomy is referred to as the act of removing the prostate gland and the tissues that surround it. The principal goal is to get rid of cancer from the body. Radical prostatectomy surgery can be a medication option for those men who have localized prostate cancer.
3. Biological therapy
Biological therapy may be referred to as biological response modifiers, immunotherapy or biotherapy. This type of prostate cancer treatment is growing in popularity. The therapy supercharges the body’s immune system to help fight prostate cancer. Sipuleucel-T is a type of biological therapy used for treating advanced or recurrent prostate cancer. The treatment uses some of the patient’s immune cells that are engineered genetically in the laboratory to address prostate cancer.
4. Hormone therapy
Prostate cancer is stimulated by the male hormones that are known as androgens. Testosterone is the main male androgen. Hormone therapy is therefore known as androgen suppression therapy or ADT. The treatment either blocks, adds or removes the hormones (testosterone) to help treat the prostate cancer or tumor. While undergoing this form of prostate cancer treatment, our doctor will conduct a testosterone test to monitor the hormone and ensure the medication is working correctly.
Prostate cancer treatment depends on each patient, so you will need to consult with our doctor at Texas Urological Clinic to learn about your options in more detail. If you would like to know more about these treatments, explore our website. To find out which one is right for you, contact our office in Lufkin and schedule your initial consultation.