Surviving Cancer Treatment – What you need to know
On being diagnosed Several questions come to mind when diagnosed with Cancer First of all we would ask the doctor how serious is the Cancer. It affects the walnut-size gland that sits beneath the bladder. The three most widely used indicators of severity in men with newly diagnosed cancer are (PSA) level, whether the cancer can be felt on m (DRE) and an estimate of the cancer volume and the appearance of the cancer cells obtained by biopsy (Gleason score)
What is your PSA It is a protein produced by cells and in very small amounts, by cells elsewhere in the body. PSA was discovered in 1979 and became widely used as a measure of cancer disease in the late 1980’s. Urologists use age-corrected limits for normal PSA levels, recognizing that age increases or decreases the PSA. The following have been recommended: Age 40-49 limit of 2.5 and so on and so forth keep increasing by 1 with an increase in age by 10 years.
Surgical Treatment the surgical removal of cancer has for many years been the most common treatment. It is the only real hope that surgery is the permanent cure. It is done with a abdominal incision and it takes 2 to 3 hours for the operation.
Things to do prior to surgery
- Check your medical insurance limit
- Discuss anesthesia options with your surgeon
- Stop medications related to aspirin at least ten days prior to surgery
What are the chances for a diagnosis of cancer:
40s - 1 in 1000 50s - 12 in 1000 60s - 45 in 1000 70s - 80 in 1000