The Prostate Cancer Research

Last year, the American Cancer Society reported 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer and almost 30,000 deaths due to this disease. While it is always hard to lose a loved one, death from prostate cancer is especially hard, as the treatment for this disease has a high success rate when found early enough. Sadly, awareness is not yet high enough for men to realize the risk.

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in men, behind skin cancer. It also trails lung cancer as the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer and that 1 in 36 will die from it.

These are very sobering numbers, but they can be changed. Already there are more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have survived prostate cancer. Donations to raise awareness can help more men realize that they are at risk.

Men that go to their doctors for regular screenings have a better chance of catching the disease at its early stage, making it much more treatable. Donate now to help more men become aware of the dangers of prostate cancer and the necessity of regular screenings.

There are many different treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. As the treatment constantly evolves, the survival rate continues to go up. Surgery is a common treatment choice if the cancer has not spread out of the prostate gland. The prostate is removed, along with any surrounding tissue that may have been affected.

While the surgery has a high success rate with curing the cancer if all the affected tissue is removed, it can have side effects. Incontinence problems and impotence are both possible side effects, particularly in older men. This can largely be avoided if the nerves controlling those functions are not damaged during the surgery.

Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted laparoscopic approaches to surgery show promise for having less side effects. Neither of these techniques are perfected yet, but both continue to improve. With improved funding through grants and donations, surgical approaches become more and more advanced, increasing a man’s chances of making a full recovery after his surgery. Your donation helps make this possible.

Radiation treatment is another option for men with prostate cancer. This is generally used if the cancer has begun to spread. Improved radiation treatment methods allows for a tighter focus of the radiation, decreasing the amount of radiation to surrounding healthy tissue. As with surgery, there is a possibility of long lasting side effects, but as treatment improves, the side effects diminish.

Much research is being done on prostate cancer at this time. Genetic research is being conducted as a way to determine early on which men are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. This could assist in early detection, leading to a more successful treatment rate.

Genetic research can also help doctors learn how the cancer grows. Being able to tell how is spreads and whether it is likely to spread quickly or not will aid them in making treatment decisions. If a cancer is not likely to spread in an older man, for instance, the best course of actions might be to simply perform regular tests to ensure that the disease is not spreading without taking any further actions unless complications arise.

Learning how the cancer grows and spreads is also helpful is developing new treatments. Certain chemical changes take place in the body when prostate cancer forms. The more doctors know about this chemical change, the better they can fight it. They may even be able to develop a drug that targets and prevents those changes.

Prevention is another area of research that some doctors are pursuing. Diet is a large focus of this area. Some foods like tomatoes and soybeans have been linked with preventing prostate cancer. The substances in them causing this linkage could be extracted and condensed into a supplement for men at risk of developing this cancer.

Certain vitamins have also been explored as possible preventatives. While vitamin E and selenium have not proven successful, vitamin D is still being researched. Research has also shown that taking too many vitamins can prove harmful as well, leading to more research on what the appropriate dosage for supplements is.

Treatment is the most active area of research. Surgery techniques are being improved to prevent nerve damage as well as new surgeries being explored to see if it is possible to correct any nerve damage that may have already occurred. Radiation treatment is also being researched, mainly to target the radiation more tightly and spare healthy tissue.

New treatments that may have less side effects and higher success rates are also being explored. This includes high intensity focused ultrasound, which destroys cancer cells though highly focused ultrasonic beams. This is still in the clinical stages in the United States, but is becoming more popular in Europe.

Once prostate cancer spreads to the bones, it is much harder to treat successfully. Because of this, doctors are looking into ways of preventing the cancer from reaching the bones. They are also researching better methods of treating the cancer if it is already in the bone.

All of this new treatment takes a lot of funding to research. Your donation could make a huge difference in the fight against prostate cancer. No amount of treatment helps if men aren’t getting themselves tested, however. By increasing awareness, lives are saved. If even one man goes for screening and receives early treatment because of it, your donation will have saved a life. Donate now and fight back against prostate cancer.

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By | 2018-02-15T21:19:42+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Health, Human Services|Comments Off on The Prostate Cancer Research