Cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men.
Prostate cancer treatment can include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and supportive care.
Treatment or the combination of treatments in advanced cases can lead to a wide range of side effects. Prostate cancer treatment side effects include erectile dysfunction, incontinence, urinary issues, diarrhea, hot flashes, weight gain, loss of muscle, vomiting and hair loss.
Tips and Tricks
Having been diagnosed with aggressive Prostate cancer in September 2014 set off a whirlwind of activities to determine whether they thought it was contained or escaped the prostate. Technologies have improved greatly over the past 6 years to show with more certainty where the cancer is located and what would be the best course of treatment. This is very important because whatever treatment you choose comes with a list of likely side effects, some temporary and some permanent. I am a stage IV cancer survivor with my cancer currently being controlled by a new drug that just began being used a few years ago called Xtandi. Life is good right now and I enjoy my time with the Living with Cancer group every Tuesday night by Zoom. It isn’t the same as in person, but it still helps to talk to people that “get it”.
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The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.