Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. On-going research programs are searching for better ways of diagnosing and treating this serious disease.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men. Prostate cancer can be treated if caught early enough, however, there are few effective treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
There are many ongoing studies hoping to improve our understanding of the disease and find better ways of treating it. In this article, we will review some of the latest results from this research.
Which is better: immediate treatment or watchful waiting?
If caught early enough, prostate cancer can be effectively treated by surgical removal of the prostate or by radiation therapy. However, prostate cancers often develop very slowly. In fact, many men diagnosed with prostate cancer will never show any symptoms. This means that many patients may be treated unnecessarily. This can have serious consequences because surgical removal of the prostate or radiation therapy can lead to significant side effects. These include erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, or bowel problems.
A major question is whether it is better to go ahead with surgical prostate removal, or to simply monitor the patient (watchful waiting) and only treat them if ...