Medical Update: Treatments available for Prostate Cancer
Jun 13, 2013 at 9:54 PM CST
Jun 13, 2013
Being diagnosed with any type of cancer can be a scary thing to deal with, but advancements in the treatment of prostate cancer are helping men get back to their normal lives. Prostate cancer is often hard to catch, as there is no real screening process, but if you do find yourself in the hospital with a diagnosis, there are many types of treatment. "It depends on the stage of how advanced the disease is, to discuss treatment options. If the disease is just starting, we have early stage disease, then the goal of all the treatments we are doing is accumulative." Doctor Andres Soriano says options include medication, surgery, and radiation. And while many patients choose to go with surgery, recently more and more people are choosing radiation because of the advancements. "Now we have better radiation equipment that more targets the radiation, and many patients get radiation for prostate cancer avoiding surgery." He also says a new vaccine therapy is showing promise. "We get the white blood cells from the patients and we stimulate those white blood cells. They are the defense against the cancer and then we infuse those white blood cells back to the patient, and then they kill the cancer cells." He says these new types of treatment are helping patients live a longer life. "Most of the cancers, if you make a diagnosis early on, most of the cancers are curable." "By doing this now, patients with prostate cancer are living longer and when I say longer it's years." Next week we continue our series on men's health awareness month by taking a look at another screening men should consider, a colonoscopy.