There’s no one-size-fits-all option for treating prostate cancer. What’s right for you might not be the best bet for the next bloke and that makes sense. What’s harder to get your head around is that your treatment options may have pros and cons, such as side effects and lifestyle changes.
Unknowns and tough calls
The treatment recommended for your cancer could involve significant adjustments to how you and your nearest and dearest live your lives. No one can know exactly how you will be affected and this means the decision can weigh heavily on you and those close to you as you consider what might be ahead. The important thing to know is that TrueNTH puts you in touch with people and resources so that when you’re ready to make a decision, you can feel comfortable that it’s the right choice for your situation, at the right time and place. At no point should you feel rushed into a decision. And no matter what course of action you opt for, you will have our support.
Arm yourself with information
We’ve got an online tool that discusses different treatment options. It’s worth spending time working through it and listening to other men share their stories. One thing that becomes clear is that some men may not be suitable for some treatment options, depending on the extent of their disease. That’s where our team can help. A problem shared really is a problem halved so feel free to ring 1300 878 368 and let your Care Coordinator know what’s on your mind.
Treating early prostate cancer
Things to discuss with your specialist and Care Team include probable treatment outcomes, expected timeframes, possible side effects, and risks and benefits. Make sure you tell them if you’re already taking other medications or managing another illness, as this information feeds into the overall thinking. And, whatever the Care Team recommends, it’s important you feel free to take your time before agreeing – and to seek a second opinion if you wish.
Likely approaches to early prostate cancer are listed below. Sometimes more than one of these may be used at the same time.
What are the options?
Another treatment sometimes used is high intensity focused ultrasound. Make sure you talk to your doctor or TrueNTH so you understand all your options.
If your cancer is advanced
Advanced prostate cancer treatment options include Androgen Deprivation Therapy (read more here), chemotherapy, or a combination of approaches.
How TrueNTH can help
Remember that TrueNTH will be your companion during and after treatment. To talk about what to expect, call your Care Coordinator on 1300 878 368.
Treatment information on this page is adapted from Prostate cancer – What to Expect