Prostate Cancer Patients
Top Ten Steps to Fight Prostate Cancer
Below is our Ten Step Guide for fighting Prostate Cancer. If you have just been diagnosed, it is unusual that there is any need to rush to a decision. Most cancers grow quietly in your prostate for 10 to 15 years. Prostate cancer is a slow growing cancer. Once suspected or diagnosed, unless in advanced stages, men typically have time to gather information, and make an informed decision about how to proceed. Many men take 3-6 months to decide on their treatment. So take the time you need to make a thoughtful decision about how to deal with this unwanted disease.
Watch our video, introducing Edward Weber, MD. Dr Weber provides valuable advice to men just diagnosed with prostate cancer. Below the video is a 10 step outline intended to guide you through our website, your fight against cancer, where you can build your knowledge about the prostate, prostate cancer, diagnosis and treatment.
Advice for Men Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer
Edward Weber, M.D. offers advice For Patients of Prostate Cancer. It is important to be informed, but you do not need to do this alone. That is what the specialists are there for. This is the time for deliberation, since once treated you cannot reverse the course. Watch this video to learn more.
Ten Steps to Fight Prostate Cancer
Step 1: Understand the Prostate and Impact of Prostate Cancer
What is the prostate, it’s location and function? What are the symptoms of cancer, the impact of cancer? What is the cause of prostate cancer and why do some men get it, while others seem to be immune?
Step 2: Get Tested for Prostate Cancer
Men over age 40 or 45, should be screened for prostate cancer as part of their yearly exam. The most common screen tests are known as the PSA and DRE tests. What are those tests? When cancer is found, what tests are next?
Step 3: If Diagnosed, Keep Records
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Free Foundation offers help. View or print our Patient Form. Or get a notebook and keep records. You will need to share personal health information, medications, tests and diagnostic information with your Urologist, Radiologist, Oncologist and health insurance.
Step 4: Understand your Prostate Cancer Risk Group
After intial tests are complete, your Doctors will help you determine your Prostate Cancer Risk Group. Test results for PSA, Gleason Score and Stage define the progression of cancer and risk group: Low Risk, Intermediate Risk or High Risk. Your risk group is key as you develop your treatment plan.
Step 5: Learn the Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
Prostate Cancer Treatments include Active Surveillance, Surgery and Radiation. Schedule appointments with a Surgeon, a Radiation Specialist and an Oncologist to discuss all possible options. Every diagnosis is unique, you have a choice in your treatment.
Step 6: Build a Plan for Treatment
Get a copy of the the Study to share with your Doctor as you develop your treatment plan. The Study follows almost 130,000 men for 15 years after treatment, displaying their trends for recurrence of cancer. See which men had their cancer return, versus those who were treated once requiring no additional treatment. Ask your Doctor about your odds of remaining in remission.
Step 7: Compare Prostate Treatment Outcomes With Our Interactive Tool
Prostate Cancer Free provides an interactive tool allowing you to compare patient outcomes for two or more treatments. With this tool you can see which treatments most often left patients similar to you, Prostate Cancer Free.
Step 8: Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects
If you happen to be diagnosed with intermediate or high risk prostate cancer, ask carefully about treatment side effects such as incontinence and impotence. Your personal preferences with consideration to age and other health factors play an important role when making your final decision about treatment.
Step 9: Diet and Exercise
Do you work long hours? Are you eating meals loaded with vegetables and fruit? Do you have a workout routine at least three times a week? Consider reducing stress, regular exercise and a heart healthy diet. These factor can make a huge difference in your life.
Step 10: Make Your Decision – Stay Informed and Positive
Key to making the right decision on treatment of your cancer is seeking expert help. With any big decision, a second or third opinion, will only help to ensure that you are making the best possible decision. The Prostate Cancer Free Foundation leverages the work of experts from around the globe. Use the information from the Prostate Cancer Free web site and your copy of the Prostate Cancer Study to make the best decision for you. Share this information with your Doctors. Ask for their view on which treatment outcome will most likely leave you Prostate Cancer Free.
Reduce the stress in your life, watch your diet and exercise regularly. Keep aware of advancements in the fight against prostate cancer. Receive emails on the latest updates, news and information for the treatment of prostate cancer by subscribing to the Prostate Cancer Free website below.
Remission versus Recurrence?
Relapse of prostate cancer is way more common than you might think. Many men treated for prostate cancer have their cancer return, which can lead to a lifetime of treatment. Prostate Cancer Free studies treatment outcomes documented in "The STUDY", recently updated for 2021. Take this Study to your doctor, and discuss your chance of cancer recurrence. The Study is available with the new, just released booklet, to help you learn about prostate cancer. Both the Prostate Cancer Free Study and the booklet, “What You Need to Know About Prostate Cancer” are available NOW for you to VIEW, PRINT or DOWNLOAD.
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The Prostate Cancer Free Foundation, reviews the results of hundreds of thousands of men treated for prostate cancer. Tracking them for years. This information is available to you, and others like you, to help find the best prostate cancer treatment. This work takes time, effort, resources all of it done by volunteers. Please help us continue. Please Donate!