The Final Stages Of Prostate Cancer – Important Facts To Be Aware Of
The beginning is always so soft and gentle, almost as though the disease is not there. But it is, only it cannot be detected by any known means, save by surgery. And who on earth in their right mind will go through the dangers of a surgical procedure in search of a disease that has no symptoms, and that may not be there? I thought you would understand too.
Prostate cancer goes through quite a number of stages; and because it is a slow progressing carcinoma, and also because it lacks any symptoms in the early stages, many patients are not even aware that it is there. And the malignancy could take several years to develop – anywhere from three to eight years, or even more. That’s right; prostate cancer is like that.
But in the end, prostate cancer is a killer disease that takes the lives of no fewer than twenty thousand American men every year. In the latest stage of prostate cancer, referred to as stage IV or stage D, there are so many symptoms that anyone watching objectively would wonder if it was the same disease from all those years previously. Aside from the frequent urination, increased urination at night, difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, blood in the urine, and painful urination, there are also and problems with sexual function and performance, such as difficulty achieving erection or painful ejaculation. And as though those were not bad enough, additional symptoms like bone pain (in the vertebrae, pelvis or ribs); and leg weakness, and urinary and fecal incontinence, when the cancerous cells get to attack the spinal cord.
Death by prostate cancer is never a pleasant or easy experience, and it may only be made easier by medications to delay the symptoms and manage the pain. There are lots of interventions that may work in this regard, most of which have to be combined in order to ensure that the best results are achieved. After a patient is diagnosed and staged to be in stage D prostate cancer, most specialists – oncologists and urologists alike – are never keen on any prognosis. Often they would give the patient a life expectancy of anything from five to seven years, depending on how well they are able to manage the symptoms and provide palliation.
In recent times though, it has been found that life expectancy may be extended even further to last as long as fourteen years! Even though several medical health professionals still question the authenticity of this claim – most maintaining that it is futile to offer any kind of treatment aimed at cure to the patient and raising false hopes – several are starting to look at how prostatectomy and radiation therapy might work in that regard.