OK MY FATHER WAS TOLD IN 1994 THAT HE HAD PROSTATE CANCER, AND HAS NEVER TAKEN ANY KIND OF TREATMENT FROM DAY ONE HES UNABLE TO CONTROL HE URINEN I GUESS HES NOW IN THE 3RD STAGES IM COMPLETELY NIEVE TO WHAT PROSTATE CONCER IS COMPLETELY HE DOESNT TALK ABOUT IT AT ALL AND I GUESS I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TOO EXPECT MAYBE THERES SOME YOU COULD TELL ME THAT I COULD DO IN ORDER TO MAYBE TALK HIM INTO MAYBE EVEN GOING TOIO HES DR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.....***@****
Firstly, the prostate is the walnut shaped gland in men located between the bladder and the urethra. It is involved in the liquefaction of the male ejaculate. The organ is made up of secretory cells (or glands) with a surrounding connective tissue stroma. Prostate cancer is the transformation of these secretory cells into malignant cells that have the potential to grow more rapidly and spread outside of the prostate. Prostate cancer will often start out localized in the prostate, but can then spread into adjacent tissue structures and lymph nodes if not detected early. The most common site of metastatic disease is the bone, but it can also spread to the lung, liver and other organs.
For patients who have hormone-resistant prostate cancer growth, several options including investigational treatments are available. Most patients who are treated with hormone-resistant prostate cancer have symptomatic disease. This is true because there are no treatment options available with high effectiveness for cure of patients in this situation. Palliative therapy generally involves management of pain from bony metastases as well as diversionary treatment of obstructive uropathy either from local prostate cancer growth into the bladder base obstructing the ureters or retroperitoneal lymph node enlargement from metastatic disease.
Your father should consult the care of a medical oncologist for the management of his prostate cancer.
Ash K. Tewari, MD
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