Prostate Cancer Treatments, Risks, & Costs and Best Treatment Options

 

Prostate Cancer Treatments

Prostate Cancer is caused by the mutations of ones DNA which may neutralize tumor suppressor genes, or may activate onco genes, that stimulate abnormal cell growth and tumor cells. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer within their lifetime. This number increases to about six in ten after reaching the age of sixty-five. These statistics may seem disheartening, however, only one in thirty-nine people die as a result of prostate cancer. That means that the average percentage of people who have died from prostate cancer is about 0.027%. In retrospect, the survival rate for prostate cancer is rather high. Your survival five-years after being diagnosed is almost one-hundred percent. At ten years, it’s ninety-eight percent and at 15 years it’s ninety-five percent. There are many treatments for prostate cancer. The hardest parts are simply informing yourself on the risks and knowing the cost of each treatment and getting to know the best course of treatment for your own self.

The surgical options for prostate cancer treatments of  are:

  • TURP
  • Prostectomy
  • Robotic  Prostectomy.

Other options include hormone therapy and radiotherapy

TURP: Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is a procedure in which the prostate gland is reduced in size by removing prostate tissue. This procedure does not cure prostate cancer, it only allows passage through the urinary tract if the prostate gland restricts urine flow. This procedure does not involve any incisions in the skin, it is all done by resectoscope through the urethra. Afterwards, in order to drain urine a catheter is inserted. You will need to remain in the hospital one or two days. You’ll be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. In rare cases, additional surgical procedures may be required to stop excessive bleeding, and while this will not affect your ability to have an erection you may experience a lower volume of semen. The cost of this procedure ranges from $4,000-$20,000, depending on your location. The cost may be US$ 4000 in India vs $ 20000 in another country.

Prostectomy: A Prostectomy is a procedure in which the entirety of the prostate gland is removed and the urethra is reconnected to the bladder. Several risks to this procedure include the inability to control urine flow, and erectile dysfunction.

Robotic Prostectomy: Robotic Prostectomy is essentially the same procedure, except it is done using a robotic console capable of making larger more precise incisions, while having a larger field of vision. This reduces recovery time, the risk of complications, it minimalizes scarring, and it reduces the risk of leaving cancerous tissue.

Radiotherapy: Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays that in order to terminate cancerous cells. There are several side effects that you may experience after the procedure. These include but are not limited to, fatigue, nausea, and problems eating or drinking. Radiotherapy typically cost $3500 – $4500 in India.  Besides radiotherapy, injections and hormonal therapy is also used for treatment.

These are just a few of the effective of treatments available to those who are affected by prostate cancer. Knowing the benefits and risks of each procedure is a large part of the battle.

To assist patients and their families looking for best doctors, hospitals and treatment options, ihealthkonnect has listed estimated cost for major procedures online.

Users can search, connect with best hospitals, doctors, compare cost of treatment and also get a free second medical opinion online. Visit www.ihealthkonnect.com for more.

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