Higher Dose Radiation Don't Improve Prostate Cancer Survival

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At age 58 had a radical prostatectomy. Now at age 86 my PSA has rising to 8.2 my Doctor says when it reaches .10 will get treated. My urologist says possible that my artificial spinster could cause that rise.
Hello Bill, Yes, we would agree with your doctors. All the best, HTQ
The choice of treatment is based on type and stage of cancer, and the overall health of the patient. Low-risk prostate cancer may not need immediate treatment, but regular follow-up is advised.
Medication
  • Hormone therapy - Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonistsDrugs to preventproduction of the hormone testosterone.
    Leuprorelin · Goserelin · Triptorelin
  • Anti-androgensDrugs to prevent testosterone from reaching cancer cells.
    Bicalutamide · Nilutamide
  • ChemotherapyDrugs to kill cancer cells.
    Taxotere · Cabazitaxel
Self care
  • Take your medications as prescribed.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Remain physically active.
Medical procedures: Radical prostatectomy · Orchiectomy · Cryoablation
Therapies: Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy for prostate cancer involves the use of high-energy beams or radioactive seeds to eliminate tumors. The most common types for prostate cancer include brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, and proton therapy. 

Which radiation therapy approach works for you depends on the unique characteristics of your disease. Radiation therapy is offered either alone or in combination with hormone therapy, to combat all stages of prostate cancer. In some cases, it is used as a primary treatment approach; in others, it is used after surgery if there are signs that your cancer has come back.

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