Is prostate cancer treatable?
I am a 49 year old male, just diangnosed wit prostate cancer. What happen's next?
The answer to this question depends on many factors. If you were diagnosed with prostate cancer, this means that you recently had a biopsy of your prostate that showed cancer cells. While this would show that you do have prostate cancer, alone it does not tell what kind of treatment you will need, or what your overall prognosis is. If cancer cells are found on a prostate biopsy, the cancer is given a score called the Gleason score. This scoring system is complicated, but is important to decide what treatment you will likely need, and what your overall prognosis is. in most cases, prostate cancer is very treatable. The first question that will have to be answered is whether or not you will need your prostate removed. The second step is whether or not you need hormonal therapy only, or hormonal therapy with chemotherapy. There is even a class of prostate cancer in which no treatment (just watchful waiting) is required. Your first step should be to schedule an appointment with a hematologist / oncologist that specializes in prostate cancer. This doctor will be able to review your biopsy results with your and explain what the best treatment avenue would be best for you at this time.