If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may assume that chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Unlike many other types of cancers,
Monitoring doesn't mean sitting and doing nothing, though. Your doctor will want to have regular follow-up appointments with you to make sure you're still feeling ok. You'll also get tests like blood tests and biopsies to make sure that you're not getting worse.
Testosterone, the male sex hormone, helps your prostate cancer grow, so lowering your testosterone levels can slow the growth of your cancer or even shrink the tumor. Your doctor may prescribe medications like luteinising hormone blockers or anti-androgens
This treatment can lead to mild side effects. For example, you may experience impotence or hot flashes; these side effects are unpleasant, but they're not as bad as the ones caused by chemotherapy. Unfortunately, hormone therapy isn't a permanent solution. After a few months or years of the treatment, the cancer will start growing again, even with the lowered levels of testosterone.
Once the needles are in place, your doctor will lower the temperature of the needles with argon gas. The frozen needles will freeze the prostate gland, and within two hours, your treatment will be finished. This treatment tends to result in impotence, which may become a long-term problem.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy aren't always needed for men with prostate cancer. Your doctor may recommend treating you with less-invasive treatments like monitoring, hormone therapy, or