Prostate Cancer

      During the course of the majority of men’s lives we all will likely have to deal with some health issues related to our prostates. The prostate gland, for whatever reason, tends to give men a great deal of trouble as they grow older (http://www.prostatehealthguide.com), and sometimes at earlier ages as well. By the time men turn 70 about 90% will have some enlargement of their prostates, called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). Prostatitis is very common for men of all ages and affects 35% of men 50 years of age or older. These prostate conditions are not life threatening, though they can be very uncomfortable and affect one’s quality of life. It would behoove you to learn about them and explore ways that might help you possibly stave off getting them through diet and exercise, or deal with them should you experience them yourself. Of more concern is the possibility of getting a diagnosis of cancer of the prostate.

      Prostate cancer is, of course, while not having as high an incidence as BPH or prostatitis, considered the most serious of prostate conditions that can afflict this gland. Thousands are diagnosed with it each year. Of the 230,000 each year given the diagnosis, about 13% do not survive. But the severity and course of the disease is highly variable. It is also linked with much controversy from whether and to what degree to rely on PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer to the best way, or even whether, to treat it if you find that you have it. Because the disease is so variable it takes a lot of work to dig through the literature that is available to even understand what it means to get the diagnosis. Many will not want to go to the trouble and will just take whatever advice they receive from their doctor. Others will want to understand what their options are.

      To get you started here are a few web links where you can find information about prostate cancer. If you do searches on the Internet you will be able to find dozens of others. There are literally hundreds of sources. After a while you will begin to see information repeated over and over, and you can then feel pretty assured that you probably have enough information to begin sorting out the way that is best for you personally to address this issue. Should you have to deal with a diagnosis of prostate cancer yourself, information and data are going to be your friends if you are going to feel that you have made the best decision that you could for you particular situation.

      Some advice you might want to consider if you get a diagnosis of prostate cancer:

 *  Don’t rush into a decision about what to do. Take time to learn everything you can about it before making a final decision.

*  Talk to other men who have gone through the experience. While every person’s path will be different, getting the perspective of those who have worked through the options can be helpful.

*  Seek at least two opinions from medical doctors. It might be appropriate to seek advice from a doctor who has an integrative practice and considers other options than just those offered by Western medical practice.

*  Be prepared for the emotional roller coaster ride that this diagnosis will take you on. Don’t be afraid to talk with people that you trust about your fears. This could be an opportunity to find blessing in adversity and deepen your relationships with those you love. Remember. You will need all the support that you can find.
by Bron D. Skinner, PhD, 
President of the Men's Council

Mayo Clinic

Good place to start and get basic information



Stats on Prostate Cancer


After a radical prostatectomy, there is the possibility that the PSA will begin to climb again. This means that you will need to make decisions about further treatment. Fortunately, there is some research that has been done to help alleviate your anxiety about this possibility and gain an understanding of what you might need to plan for. This is a link to a report and table detailing the parameters that your urologist will need to consider if that PSA reading starts to show up again after your prostatectomy.


Prostate Cancer Foundation

Along with information to help understand a diagnosis of prostate cancer there is information about the research that is being done to treat it. There are also stories from people who have had to deal with prostate cancer.


National Cancer Society

A good source for basic information about prostate cancer


WebMD

A thorough guide to help explore prostate cancer


 Cancer Tutor

A website that provides alternative treatments to those offered by physicians and surgeons. It also provides an alternative view for how your body can deal with cancer. The site provides links to other information about an approach to cancer that relies on natural treatments as alternatives to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. With prostate cancer it is worth knowing about all alternatives. Be aware, people who create sites like this can seem pretty radical in their views.


NYU Langone Medical Center

This is a site that, in addition to the common surgical, radiation and hormonal options, outlines a holistic approach to treating prostate cancer. It also talks about some of the less common treatments that are being used or experimented with such as cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and focal therapy.


Healthy Net

This is an alternative medicine website that provides integrative medical options for those who might like to consider them. The link is for prostate cancer, but the site addresses many other topics as well.