Throughout the world, different protocols of treatment are observed for treating prostate cancer. They are very varied in nature and technique. In ultrasound therapy, high density sound waves are employed to destroy cancer cells. An endorectal probe placed inside the patient’s body remits sound waves. In chemotherapy treatment, the cancer cells are destroyed or their cell division is made to stop.
Radiation therapy while employed for treating prostate cancer directs high energy x-rays or other type of radiation to kill cancer cells or mitigates their growing. External radiation therapy is when an outside machine is used to send radiation and in internal radiation therapy, radioactive material is placed inside the body near the cancer.
Treating prostate cancer can be divided into two distinct groups – localized and metastasized. Surviving prostate cancer is conditioned by the age of the patient, the type of cancer, the presence or absence of metastasis, general overall general health of the patient and above all the family background.
The three standard therapies for men with localized prostate cancer are watchful waiting, surgery and radiation therapy. So far, no detailed comparative study of all the three options has been undertaken. University of Florida researchers have evolved a new gene therapy to stop cancer growth by using a synthetic protein to induce blood clotting that cuts off a tumor’s blood and nutrient supply.
The researchers are also investigating ways to deliver the protein directly to the sites of interest rather than through genes that later produce the protein. Other researchers are using nanoparticles to detect tumors and deliver drugs or radiate heat to destroy cancer cell when bombarded by radio waves.
Noscapine, a natural substance found in cough medicine is likely to prove useful in treating prostate cancer. No significant toxicity was also observed with noscapine. The study which has been successfully completed in mice will be conducted in humans and it is expected that there will be no side effects.
In treating prostate cancer, from the naturopathy standpoint, watchful waiting can be called a regular treatment since changes are made to the patient’s diet and supplements and herbs are prescribed. Patient will allowed time to assess options and treatments to ensure surviving prostate cancer. During watchful waiting, regular digital rectal exams and PSA monitoring are conducted.
Treating prostate cancer in elderly patients is always a headache. But it has been observed that elderly patients’ chances of surviving prostate cancer are greater if they are given an active cancer treatment in a study of approximately 50,000 elderly men with early prostate cancer, active treatment group lived for 13 years while the other group lived for only 10 more years.