Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A look at different treatments for prostate cancer

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with prostate cancer you will definitely want to know some of the most popular and effective treatment options.
Treatment can be divided into hormonal options and chemical (chemotherapy) options. Doctors will first need to know if the cancer is contained to the gland, spread locally or metasticized to other parts of the body. The treatment options for organ-confined prostate cancer or locally advanced prostate cancer usually include surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, cryotherapy, combinations of some of these treatments, and watchful waiting. A cure for metastatic prostate cancer is, unfortunately, unattainable at the present time. The treatments for metastatic prostate cancer, which include hormonal therapy and chemotherapy, therefore, are considered palliative. By definition, the aims of palliative treatments are, at best, to slow the growth of the tumor and relieve the symptoms of the patient. This is where music therapy and music medicine can be a tremendous help to patients. We'll talk more about this in the next post!

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