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Your treatment options2017-03-09T03:02:58+00:00

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?

Active surveillance
The cancer is closely monitored with blood tests, imaging and repeat biopsies.

Watchful waiting
An option for older men or those with other health issues. Less intense monitoring than with active surveillance.

Surgery (prostatectomy)
An experienced surgeon will remove the prostate and/or surrounding structures (e.g. nerves, seminal vesicles).

How TrueNTH can help

Radiation therapy (radiotherapy)
Used with or without surgery.

How TrueNTH can help

Another treatment sometimes used is high intensity focused ultrasound. Make sure you talk to your doctor or TrueNTH so you understand all your options.

Our decision support tool, P3P, can help you work out which treatment option makes sense for you. If you have not been given your login details for P3P, please contact TrueNTH to get started. Download instructions for using P3P

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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.

10 Comments

  1. Glen December 16, 2016 at 4:04 am

    we will also need to update the ‘instructions’ document, the steps need to be updated and we need to replace the logo

  2. Glen December 16, 2016 at 3:46 am

    with the P3P link it doesnt clearly state we (TrueNTH) need to register the user, as in you can self sign up, and when you click to go to P3P there also isnt much wording on the P3P home page about ‘signing up’ or having an account created

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 5:56 am

      ah yeah, I put a note that people should contact TrueNTH to get set up. But yes, need to review these docs and update them

  3. Max Shub December 15, 2016 at 3:36 am

    Focal therapy in low risk patients is becoming increasingly used in other countries and will likely be used here in the future.
    Also brachytherapy is option that should be included.
    There is no comparison of open v robotic surgery and this something that confuses men

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 5:48 am

      focal therapy included
      brachytherapy and surgery commentary should be put into their respective pages

  4. Christopher Ellis December 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

    In ‘Unknowns and tough calls’ there could be a firmer suggestion that the patient is in charge and should not feel rushed or pushed into a hasty decision.

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 5:35 am

      Added “At no point should you feel rushed into a decision.” into this paragraph

  5. dave hughes December 6, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Treatment options may also include focal therapies such as High Intensity focussed ultrasound,and Androgen deprivation therapy.

  6. Donna Cowan December 6, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Unknown and tough calls:
    … alternative treatment might be less effective…
    I don’t think that it is our position to tell someone that one treatment option may be less effective than another. What is important is that the man is armed with appropriate information to make the right decision for him – right man, right treatment, right place right time etc
    And that he will be supported through the process regardless of the treatment decision.

    Arm yourself with information:
    …gives you the lowdown on your treatment…
    An online tool that discusses different treatment options- some men may not be suitable for some treatment options according to the extent of their disease.
    Treating early prostate cancer:
    …as this can limit your options…
    I would prefer to say that options may change not be limited.

    Active surveillance: closely monitored with blood tests, imaging and repeat biopsy

    Surgery (prostatectomy): remove the prostate and/or surrounding structures eg nerves, seminal vesicles

    • timpegler December 10, 2016 at 4:36 am

      Thanks, Donna. Have taken these on board.

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