Prostate CancerTreatments for Prostate Cancer

Let’s Talk About Treatments and Medications for Prostate Cancer

The "C" word can be scary, but with early detection and treatment the vast majority of men who get prostate cancer survive.

    Our Pro PanelProstate Cancer Treatment

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in prostate cancer treatments 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 Treatment

    Do I need to be treated for prostate cancer?

    Not necessarily. Many prostate cancers grow so slowly that they will not cause symptoms or do any harm during your lifetime. Because of its side effects, treatment in such cases may do more harm than good. Talk with your doctor about the best approach for you before deciding which approach you feel most comfortable pursuing.

    Does treatment for prostate cancer work?

    For many men with early stage prostate cancer, treatment can cure the disease. In fact, nearly 100% of men with such cancers live at least five years after diagnosis. However, if your cancer has spread beyond your prostate, or metastasized, your chance of a cure drops significantly. Only one in three men live five years after that has occurred.

    Is there anything I can do to reduce the side effects of prostate cancer treatment?

    In many cases, they can be managed to some extent. Your doctor may recommend anti-nausea medications during chemotherapy, for example. Exercise may help offset hormone therapy side effects such as muscle loss and fatigue. And there are many options available to help with erectile dysfunction.

    What happens after prostate cancer treatment?

    You will undergo regular follow-up exams to be sure that your cancer has not come back. These include PSA tests and digital rectal exams. Your doctor will determine the best schedule for follow-up care. It’s normal to be worried about the possible return of your cancer, so make sure to have an emotional support network in place to help you, including friends, family, counselors, and other prostate cancer survivors.

    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.