Older men with early-stage prostate cancer, other health problems don’t benefit from surgery or radiation therapy (Science Daily)
Treating older men with early-stage prostate cancer who also have other serious underlying health problems with aggressive therapies such as surgery or radiation therapy does not help them live longer and, in fact, can be detrimental, according to a study. The study followed the cases of more than 140,500 men aged 66 and older diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer between 1991 and 2007.
Questions and Answers
Enlarged prostate?What is the best thing for an enlarged prostate? Do you have any personal experience? Have you heard or read anything about it Posted by dedonquijote
A man’s prostate starts to enlarge after the age of 40. The medical term is BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia. As the gland grows, because it surrounds the urethra (the tube urine passes through to exit the body), it puts pressure on the urethra making it hard for the man to urinate.Symptoms are: weak urine stream especially when starting and stopping urine flow difficulty starting urination dribbling of urine, especially after urinating a feeling that your bladder didn’t empty urine leakage frequent urination a strong and sudden desire to urinate, especially at night blood in urine Doctors like to be conservative when it comes to treatment. They will just monitor the situation because often the symptoms will improve without treatment. For moderate symptoms, medication is started asap. For severe symptoms, surgery is recommended.
Why does the prostate enlarge (BPH)? We know the prostate enlarges in older men which results in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). We have heard this tons of times. My question is, why. I have never heard of a reason why it enlarges. Also, is there a way to prevent it from enlarging? My prostate is enlarged right now. My doctor told me it is prostesis (prostate infection). He said it’s about two times the normal size but will return to normal after a round of anti-biotics. I guess it’s just the infection that causes it to enlarge. Posted by Deprece
Question about an enlarged prostate? I’M 41 and have a slightly enlarged prostate and my question is,once it becomes enlarged does it it stay the same size from here on out or can i expect it to get larger as time goes on? It actualy caused some problems with my urinary tract and i’m praying it wont get worse as i age. Thanks! My doctor has me on terazosin and that helps, im just wondering if the elargement stops at this point or if it just keeps growing. Thanks everyone. (even the wiseasses!) Posted by Gary S
Terazosin just treats the urinary symptom but doesn’t reduce the size of the prostate. It relaxes the smooth muscle tissue of the prostate. Your BPH (according to Walsh, see below) is hard to predict. It might stay the same or get worse over time. If it gets worse, your doctor could try a drug like Avodart or Proscar. These drugs block an enzyme, shrink the prostate, and reduce obstruction while you are on the drug. They also seem to reduce the risk of prostate cancer somewhat. There is also surgical relief for BPH. It’s called TUR, although men refer to it often as “roto-rooter”. Sounds awful, but of course the patient is anesthetized. It is a minor surgical procedure that doesn’t require you to be “opened up.”So your benign enlargement might get worse over time, but if it does, there are ways to treat it that really aren’t that bad.