Prostate cancer can grow slowly. You may be able to put off getting treated. Some men may not need to be treated at all. In these cases, you and your doctor will watch for any changes or signs the cancer is getting worse.
The goal of treatment is to take out as much of the cancer while saving as much of the prostate and how it works. Added treatment may help to keep cancer from spreading or coming back. The plan will often involve a mix of methods based on the type of cancer, your age and health, and outlook. Comfort measures can be given if the cancer is in later stages.
You will have a healthcare team made up of doctors, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. You will need to stay in touch with this team and stick with your care plan. Go to any scheduled appointments.
Prostate cancer is treated with:Other treatmentsSurgeryRadiation therapyMedications—Hormonal therapyChemotherapyLifestyle changes
Treatments for many cancers are always changing. Some have yet to be found. As a result, clinical trials exist around the world. You may wish to ask your doctor if you should enlist in a clinical trial. You can find out about them at the US National Institutes of Health website.