The American Cancer Society has revealed that one out of seven people in US will suffer from prostate cancer and in 2014 more than twenty thousand people will succumb to this disease. Prostate cancer in US takes more life annually among men after lung cancer.
If you have a close loved family member or friend suffering from prostate cancer, it becomes essential that you understand what the various options for prostate cancer treatment available. And also know various prostate cancer treatments pros and cons.
Various Prostate Cancer Treatments Pros and Cons
Here are the various prostate cancer treatments pros and cons, which you should be aware of.
EBRT or External Bean Radiation Therapy
The EBET is a 10 minute radiation therapy where a single radiation beam treats the effected local area.
The main reason why most people undertake EBRT is because it is a painless treatment. Few healthy cells are also destroyed, as the single beam is used to treat a specific area.
The patient undertaking EBRT would suffer from loose stools, frequent urination and bleeding in the rectum area.
Radioactive Seed Implants
This is another type of radiation therapy which is also known as Brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is undertaken using two techniques.
The first technique used in Brachytherapy is a permanent therapy where radioactive seeds are introduced into the patient’s blood. These seeds are alert for a few months and a single dosage would involve the introduction of 40 to 100 seeds in the patient’s prostate area.
In the temporary Brachytherapy radioactive seeds are introduced in the patient’s prostate area for few minutes only. This therapy has to be done few times over a period of 7 days.
Large amount of radiation is introduced in the cancer affected area. Healthy tissues around the cancer affected area are not destroyed. The treatment time is short.
The patient might suffer from pain when urinating. He would also need to stay away from a pregnant woman as he has radioactive seeds in him.
In a hormone therapy the patient is injected with a specified hormone to treat his prostate cancer. The hormone injection is taken once in 3 months.
This treatment is very simple and easy for the patient to undergo.
The patient could suffer from enlarged breast syndrome and hot flashes. He might also suffer from low sex drive and other sexual problems.
Chemotherapy and Cryothreapy
Chemotherapy is a technique where certain chemical mix is introduced into the patient’s blood along with radiation. Cryothreapy freezes the cancer cells.
It kills the powerful fast growing cancer cells immediately.
Chemotherapy and Cryothreapy kills the healthy tissues and cells growing around the cancer affected area.