Sep 12, 2021
September is prostate cancer awareness month.
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer diagnosed in men.
All men are at risk of developing prostate cancer as they get older. 1 in every 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Not all men diagnosed with prostate cancer need treatment, Many prostate cancers grow slowly and stay in the prostate. but all men should know if they have prostate cancer. Getting prostate cancer screening with a digital rectal exam and an annual prostate specific antigen or PSA test is the way to detect prostate cancer earlier, while still contained in the prostate and still treatable.
Here are the five things men need to do when first diagnosed with prostate cancer: 1. Men should take a moment to understand the basic anatomy of the prostate and pelvis, 2. Men should get clarity on what STAGE their cancer is, contained or has it spread, 3. Men should understand the PATHOLOGY REPORT on the biopsy…what GRADE is the cancer, 4. Men need to consider the current health status and expected longevity when deciding on treatment options, and 5. Men need to understand which treatment options are appropriate for THEIR cancer given their own priorities but also the facts of the cancer.
Our goal is to try to pick the right treatment for each patient. That requires a process of educating each patient in a systematic way.
I really hope that this episode helps you, especially if you are newly diagnosed and you are having or have had these discussions with your doctor. If it has please consider sharing this episode.