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What are the treatment options in prostate cancer?

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What are the treatment options in prostate cancer?

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The different treatment options available to patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are described below. It is important that any patient with such a diagnosis is aware of the different treatments, and they should feel free to discuss these with their Urologist. Whatever therapy is undertaken the patient will need regular follow-up examinations, which may involve a PSA blood test and scans or x-rays, for a number of years. Careful Surveillance If the cancer has been discovered accidentally, during an operation to remove prostatic tissue blocking the urinary stream, or by a PSA blood test and biopsy, and the patient has no symptoms, “wait and see” policy may be chosen. This does not mean, “do nothing”, but the patient will be regularly monitored by the doctor and if problems develop, appropriate action taken. These actions will often involve the use of hormone therapy, and on such a regime patients commonly live for many years. This choice is most frequently made by those patients with

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