Prostate is a small gland that produces seminal fluid which nourishes and transports sperm. Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men. It develops slowly in most cases and sometimes doesn’t even need a treatment, but in certain cases, can be very aggressive and spread very quickly. If it is detected in early stage and while still inside the prostate gland there is a better prognosis to treat the illness successfully. In the initial stages of prostate cancer there may not be any symptoms while in advanced stage there are many signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
In case of presence of symptoms listed below, or any similar signs that worries you, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Problems with urinating
- Weak force of urine stream
- Blood in urine
- Blood in semen
- Legs swelling
- Soreness in pelvic area
- Bone pain
It is often recommended to men in their 50s to discuss the issue of prostate cancer with their GP since they are at higher risk.You can inquire about risks of prostate cancer screening.
Complications of Prostate Cancer Treatment
In the treatment of prostate cancer there are several frequent complications that can occur following the treatment.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
It follows surgery, radiation and hormonal therapy in high rate and may occur in 50% cases depending on the type of procedure and other medical problems of the patient. Drugs like Viagra can be very helpful and penile implants are good alternative for treatment of ED.
It is incapability to control bladder or bowel function. It can be temporary or permanent condition. It follows prostate cancer treatment but it can be result of untreated prostate cancer as well. This problem can be relieved with exercises that strengthen pelvic muscles that can help to regain control over blader or by advanced planning when to urinate each day and that way many man can easily deal with the problem
Pain can occur before, during or after the treatment but there are many pain killers that can help for all sorts of pain. Pain is usually present in the days after surgical procedure. Pain connected to prostate cancer itself can be successfully treated and even eliminated.
It naturally occurs due to sadness, fear of possible mortal outcome of the illness and anxiety connected to their treatment regardless of good results. Also, the treatment, erectile dysfunction, incontinence and the pain cause a lot of mental stress. Counseling and medication can help with this problem. Depression is a considerable hindrance though not as often reported as other complications.