Management

Contents of This Section

  • Treatment: the absolute basics
  • The natural history of conservatively treated prostate cancer
  • First-line treatments for early stage (localized) disease
  • Active surveillance and watchful waiting(with two video presentations)
  • Established surgical treatments
  • Established radiotherapeutic treatments
    • External (photon) beam radiation therapy (EBRT)
    • Proton beam radiation therapy (PBRT)
    • Permanent implant brachytherapy
    • Temporary implant brachytherapy
    • Brachytherapy and external beam combination therapies
  • Newer forms of radiation therapy
  • Other forms of first-line treatment
  • Hormone therapy
  • Focal therapy for localized prostate cancer: a treatment “in puberty”
  • Side effects and complications of first-line therapy: an overview
  • When first-line treatment fails the patient with early stage disease
  • First-line treatment for non-localized disease
    • Active surveillance/watchful waiting
    • The role of surgery (surgical debulking)
    • External beam radiotherapy
    • Hormonal therapies
    • Investigational therapies
  • Treatment for advanced (non-metastatic) disease
    • Hormonal therapies
    • Investigational therapies
  • The treatment of metastatic disease (and video presentation)
  • The treatment of hormone-refractory disease
    • Anti-androgen withdrawal
    • Chemotherapy
  • Palliative treatment in late-stage disease
    • Management of severe bone pain
    • Management of fractures and other complications
  • Monitoring treatment: an overview
    • The role of PSA tests
    • The role of bone scans
    • The roles of other tests
  • Alternative and complementary medicines
  • Side effects and complications of hormonal therapies
    • Gynecomastia (swelling and tenderness of the breast)
    • Bone loss
    • Hot flashes
    • Mood changes and depression
  • Living with prostate cancer

    Summary Overview

    The management of prostate cancer is complicated. We do not have all of the answers to all the questions that need answers.

    In this section of The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink, our goal is to complete and maintain a set of information dealing with:

    • Treatment for early stage disease (i.e., prostate cancer that is, or at least seems to be, confined to the prostate)
    • Treatment for non-localized disease (i.e., prostate cancer that has, or at least seems to have, escaped from the prostate itself into the nearby tissues)
    • Treatment for advanced disease (including non-metastatic advanced disease, metastatic disease, and hormone-refractory disease)
    • Management of prostate cancer-related complications (such as impotence and the side effects of hormone therapy)

    You may also find it useful to surf other areas of this site for things like “Finding the cancer specialist who is right for YOU” or “How to pick a prostate cancer surgeon.” Last but by no means least, you may be interested in an article called ‘Views from the “other side”,’ written by two leading specialists in the management of prostate cancer, in which they write very personally about their own experiences of diagnosis and treatment for this disease.

    Content on this page last reviewed and updated March 28, 2011.
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