Seeking Treatment For Prostate Cancer
posted: May 25, 2021.
Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer to affect men in the United States with about one in seven being diagnosed at some point in his lifetime. If you are seeking treatment for prostate cancer, many options are available and we can help. Dr. Jonathan Masel and the team of medical experts at Masel Urology Center in Hollywood, FL, diagnose and treat prostate cancer and can develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer can be associated with various symptoms and you should see a doctor right away if you develop any of them. However, the presence of certain symptoms does not always mean cancer is present. These symptoms could be an indication of another issue, such as non-cancerous growth on the prostate. A urologist can diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
Some of the symptoms that can develop when prostate cancer is present include:
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty urinating
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Burning or pain while urinating
- Shortness of breath, dizziness, or fatigue
- Pain along the spine, hips, or ribs
- Numbness in the feet or legs
- Erectile dysfunction
We utilize several methods for treating prostate cancer at our Hollywood, FL, urology center. The particular methods used will depend on what stage the cancer is in, as well as other factors. Possible treatment options include:
- Surgery: Surgery is performed to remove the prostate gland and surrounding tissue. This option is appropriate when cancer has not spread.
- Radiation therapy: This method utilizes radiation, or high-energy particles, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy is most often recommended for patients with low-grade cancer that hasn’t spread or has only spread just outside the prostate gland.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is generally not a standard treatment for prostate cancer, but might be recommended if radiation therapy is not fully effective. Chemotherapy involves administering drugs intravenously or orally to target cancer cells that have spread beyond the prostate gland.
- Hormone therapy: This method involves reducing the number of male hormones in the body to prevent them from affecting cancer.
- Cryotherapy: This method is not commonly used, but is an option if the cancer returns following radiation therapy Cryotherapy involves the use of extreme cold to kill cancer cells.
- Vaccine treatment: Vaccine treatment can be used when hormone therapy is no longer producing the desired results. This method is used to treat prostate cancer that is in more advanced stages.
- Bone-directed treatment: This treatment method helps prevent bone deterioration if cancer has spread outside the prostate.
Seeking treatment for prostate cancer can be overwhelming. Our experienced and caring medical team can help you sort through all the options and develop the proper treatment plan for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Masel to learn more about the different methods for treating prostate cancer at Masel Urology Center in Hollywood, FL, by calling (954) 961-7500.