Prostate Cancer Claims
The Prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that forms part of the male reproductive system. The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown, but the chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. Most cases develop in men aged 50 or older and it effects over 40,000 men every year.
Treatment is not always necessary for prostate cancer, however if you are misdiagnosed and the cancer is left untouched it can cause your condition to worsen. If this has happened to you or a family member, you may be able to claim negligence and receive compensation.
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Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men.
Over 41,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It usually affects men over 50 and is rare in younger men.
Cancer of the prostate is often slow-growing and symptoms may not occur for many years.
Men with early prostate cancer may not have any symptoms, as these only occur when the cancer is large enough to put pressure on the urethra. The prostate can also become enlarged due to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is non-cancerous.
The symptoms of benign (non-cancerous) enlargement of the prostate and prostate cancer are similar. They can include any of the following:
- difficulty passing urine
- passing urine more frequently than usual, especially at night
- the feeling of not completely emptying your bladder
- needing to rush to the toilet to pass urine
- blood in the urine or semen (this is not common)
- pain when passing urine or ejaculating (this is rare).
Treating prostate cancer
If you do have prostate cancer, you may not need treatment. If your cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, your doctor may suggest either “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance” to see how it develops.
your doctor will discuss with you about the best way to go about dealing with your condition and options involve carefully monitoring your condition.
Some cases of prostate cancer can be cured if treated in the early stages.
- Surgically removing the prostate
Some cases are only diagnosed at a later stage, when the cancer has spread. If the cancer spreads to other parts of the body and cannot be cured, treatment is focused on prolonging life and relieving symptoms.
As with any cancer treatment, the options will need to be discuss as all types of treatment come with carrying the risk of side effects, these can include erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms, such as needing to use the toilet more urgently or more often. For these reasons, you may choose to delay any treatment until there is a risk that the cancer is going to spread.
Newer treatments, such as high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) and cryotherapy, aim to reduce these side effects. Some hospitals may offer them as an alternative to surgery, radiotherapy or hormone therapy, but the long-term effectiveness of these treatments is not known yet.
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