If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are several types of treatment your doctor may recommend, depending on your specific prostate cancer and surrounding factors.
- If your cancer is more aggressive, your doctor may choose active treatment.
- If your cancer is less aggressive, your doctor may consider active surveillance as your path of treatment.
Metamark can help you learn more about your specific prostate cancer, providing tools for you and your doctor to make a more informed and confident treatment decision for you.
If you and your doctor determine that active treatment is the right path for you, treatment may include one or more of the following. Each procedure may include the risk of potential side effects and consequences. Make sure to talk to your doctor so that you understand your individual treatment.
A prostatectomy involves removing part or all of the prostate. A radical prostatectomy means removal of the entire prostate, including surrounding tissue.
In radiation therapy, radiation is used to kill cancer cells and surrounding tissues with direct radioactive exposure.
Chemotherapy uses chemicals to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
Hormone therapy, also known as androgen-deprivation therapy or ADT, works by stopping testosterone from being released and/or acting on the prostate cells.
There are other forms of active treatment as well. Visit our resources page to learn more, and make sure to talk to your doctor about all your options.
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