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What should you consider in choosing a prostate cancer treatment?

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When choosing a treatment, think about:

  • The risks. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each type of therapy.
  • The side effects. Consider whether or not you’re willing to deal with how the treatment might make you feel.
  • Whether or not you need it. Not all men with prostate cancer need to be treated right away.
  • Your age and overall health. For older men or those with other serious health conditions, treatment may be less appealing than watchful waiting.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Can Prostate Cancer be Found Early?;” “Considering Prostate Cancer Treatment Options;” “Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer;” “How is Prostate Cancer Treated?;” “Prostate Cancer;” and “What is Prostate Cancer?”

National Cancer Institute: “Prostate Cancer Treatment.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Other Treatment Options;” “Prostatectomy (Surgery);” “Radiation Therapy;” “Side Effects;” and “Treatment Options.”

UpToDate: “Bone metastases in advanced prostate cancer: Management.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 26, 2019

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