See your health care provider if you have any of the following symptoms:
You should undergo regular screening for prostate cancer.
Go to the nearest hospital emergency department right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
Spinal cord compression is a true emergency and may be the first sign of cancer . It occurs when the cancer has spread to vertebrae of the spine and tailbone region. The weakened vertebrae can collapse on the spinal cord, causing symptoms and problems with function.
Cry therapy: This technique involves inserting a probe through a small skin incision and freezing areas of cancer in the prostate.
Follow-up care is especially important for patients for whom a more conservative approach (such as watchful waiting) was taken to the treatment of prostate cancer. It is imperative that you see your urologist for digital rectal exams, PSA level tests, and other tests as recommended to follow the progression of cancer growth.
For men who have undergone radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, or both, follow-up care is important to prevent recurrence of cancer.
Because the cause of prostate cancer is uncertain, preventing prostate cancer may not be possible. Certain risk factors, such as age, race, sex, and family history, cannot be changed. However, because diet has been implicated as a potential cause, living a healthy lifestyle may afford some protection.
The prognosis in prostate cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and the degree of differentiation.
Five-year survival rates are very good for men with prostate cancer.
If you are elderly and have other medical conditions, watchful waiting may be the most prudent course.
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