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What does your treatment for prostate cancer depend on?

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The treatment you'll need for prostate cancer will depend on a few things:

  • Your age, health, and lifestyle
  • How serious your prostate cancer is (how large the tumor is and if it has spread in your body)
  • Your thoughts (and your doctor’s opinion) about if you need to treat the cancer right away
  • Possible side effects
  • The chance that a treatment will help or cure your cancer

From: Your Treatment Options WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for prostate cancer," "Cryotherapy for prostate cancer," "Expectant management, watchful waiting, and active surveillance for prostate cancer," "Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer," "How is prostate cancer treated?" "Preventing and treating prostate cancer spread to bones," "Surgery for prostate cancer," "Vaccine treatment for prostate cancer."

CDC: "How is prostate cancer treated?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Cryotherapy for Prostate Conditions."

National Cancer Institute: "Cancer Vaccines," "Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

UptoDate.com: "Patient information: Prostate cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Urology Care Foundation: "Chemotherapy," "Hormonal Therapy," "How is Prostate Cancer Treated?"

UpToDate: “Cryotherapy and other ablative techniques for the initial treatment of prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 07, 2018

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