Prostate cancer is one of the leading cancers in India. Men aged between 35-60 yrs are more likely to get affected by prostate cancer. Diagnosis and treatment at early stages can lead to better outcomes. At HCG Cancer Centre, India, Prostate Cancer Treatment with the multidisciplinary team approach promises better outcomes at par with western standards.
Prostate Cancer is a cancer of the small, walnut-shaped gland near the urinary bladder in men which produces seminal fluid, nourishes and transports the sperm. Located in front of the rectum and just below the bladder where the urine is stored, the prostate also surrounds the urethra (the canal through which urine passes out of the body). For the Elderly (Older men aged especially at their 60s) are at a higher risk of this disease and would require prostate cancer treatment at the earliest.
At the early stages of this cancer, most men will not experience any symptoms. Some men however will experience the following symptoms that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer:
The exact cause of prostate cancer is under investigation. However, increasing age and high testosterone are known risk factors while ascertaining the prognosis.
Since the above mentioned symptoms can potentially indicate the presence of other diseases or disorders, men who experience any of these symptoms should undergo a thorough check-up to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms.
The prostate cancer treatment options depend on several factors, such as:
Immediate treatment may not be necessary:
For men diagnosed with a very early stage of prostate cancer, treatment may not be necessary right away. Some men may never need treatment. Instead, doctors sometimes recommend active surveillance.
In active surveillance, regular follow-up blood tests, rectal exams and possibly biopsies may be performed to monitor progression of your cancer. If tests show that cancer is progressing, then the doctor recommends surgery or radiation
Active surveillance carries a risk that the cancer may grow and spread between checkups, making it less likely to be cured.
Prostate cancer treatment methods may vary case-by-case as per patient, some of the common types are:
Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy to kill cancer cells. Prostate cancer radiation therapy treatment can be delivered in two ways:
External beam radiation:
During external beam radiation therapy(ie Prostate cancer treatment without surgery), the patient lies on a table while a machine moves around the body directing high-powered energy beams to the cancer. The patient undergoes external beam radiation treatments five days a week for several weeks. External beam radiation uses x-rays or protons to deliver the radiation.
In the prostate cancer treatment, this process involves placing many rice-sized radioactive seeds in the prostate tissue. The radioactive seeds deliver a low dose of radiation over a long period of time. The doctor implants the radioactive seeds in the prostate using a needle guided by ultrasound images. The implanted seeds eventually stop giving off radiation and don't need to be removed.
Hormone therapy is treatment to stop the body from producing the male hormone testosterone. This method of treatment in prostate cancer is known as ‘testosterone suppression treatment’. Prostate cancer cells rely on testosterone to help them grow. Cutting off the supply of hormones may cause cancer cells to die or to grow more slowly. Hormone therapy options include:
The objective here is to slow down the growth of tumours during the treatment. In men with early-stage prostate cancer, hormone therapy may be used to shrink tumours before radiation therapy. This can make it more likely that radiation therapy will be successful.
Hormone therapy is sometimes used after surgery or radiation therapy to slow the growth of any cancer cells left behind.
Operation to remove the prostate cancer during treatment:
Surgery for prostate cancer involves removing the prostate gland, some surrounding tissue and a few lymph nodes. Ways the radical prostatectomy procedure can be performed include:
Da Vinci Surgery for Prostate treatment:
Robotic surgery, or robot-assisted surgery, allows doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with more precision, flexibility and control than possible with conventional techniques. Robotic surgery is usually associated with minimally invasive surgery — procedures performed through tiny incisions. It is also, sometimes, used in certain traditional open surgical procedures.
The Average time for surgery when it comes to Prostate Cancer Treatment is 2 Hours.
Minimal blood loss, Minimal pain, Minimal scarring, Minimal complications, Shorter hospital stay and Faster recovery and return to normal life
Freezing prostate tissue:
Cryosurgery or cryoablation involves freezing tissue to kill cancer cells. During cryosurgery for prostate cancer, small needles are inserted in the prostate using ultrasound images as guidance. A very cold gas is placed in the needles, which causes the surrounding tissue to freeze. A second gas is then placed in the needles to reheat the tissue. The cycles of freezing and thawing kill the cancer cells and some surrounding healthy tissue.
Chemo in prostate cancer treatment uses drugs to kill rapidly growing cells, including cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be administered through a vein in your arm, in pill form or both.
Chemotherapy may be a treatment option for men with prostate cancer especially when it has become metastatic (spread to distant areas of their bodies). Chemotherapy may also be an option for cancers that don't respond to hormone therapy.
Multiple new chemotherapy drugs have recently been approved for treatment of progressive, metastatic prostate cancer.
A form of immunotherapy has been developed to treat advanced and recurrent prostate cancer. This treatment takes some of the patient’s own immune cells, genetically engineers them to fight prostate cancer, and then injects the cells back into the patient’s body through a vein. Some men do respond to this therapy with some improvement in their cancer, but the treatment is very expensive and requires multiple visits.
Depending on the stage of the disease, hormonal therapy, surgery and/or radiation therapy are initiated. Some patients may require chemotherapy at a later stage.