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Prostate Cancer

Let's Talk About Prostate Cancer

No man wants to get it. But the vast majority will live—and thrive—after a diagnosis. We’ll tell you how.

    Our Pro PanelProstate Cancer

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in prostate cancer to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Edmund Folefac, M.D.

    Edmund Folefac, M.D.Medical Oncologist

    Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Columbus, OH
    Isla P. Garraway, M.D.

    Isla P. Garraway, M.D.Associate Professor and Director of Research

    Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    Los Angeles
    Daniel Ari Landau, M.D.

    Daniel Ari Landau, M.D.Medical Oncologist

    Medical Oncology and Hematology Specialty Section, Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
    Orlando, FL

    Frequently Asked QuestionsProstate Cancer

    Is there anything I can do to prevent prostate cancer?

    Some risk factors can’t be helped, like your age or your race, and no diet or exercise plan can reduce your direct risk. However, both diet and exercise will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which could reduce your risk of more advanced, deadlier prostate cancer.

    What is the prostate cancer survival rate?

    That depends on the stage of your cancer. About 95% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer learn they have the disease before it has spread beyond the prostate. Nearly all of those men—we're talking 99%—will live for at least five more years. However, fewer than a third of men whose cancer has spread, or metastasized, live that long—but enormous strides have been made in prostate cancer treatment in recent years, so don’t lose hope.

    Who should treat my prostate cancer?

    You will likely get care from several specialists, determined by the type of treatment you require. A urologist will perform surgeries, for example, while a radiation oncologist will lead your radiation therapy. Medical oncologists handle hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.

    How long will my prostate cancer treatment take?

    This will depend on the stage of your cancer. Some men don’t require treatment. Others get multiple radiation treatments, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and/or surgery.

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen

    Matt McMillen has been a freelance health reporter since 2002. In that time he’s covered everything from acupuncture to the Zika virus.