Introduction: What is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate gland, a part of the male reproductive system, is located at the base of the bladder in the body’s pelvic region. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men in the UK.
Prostate cancer does not cause symptoms in its early stages. As cancer progresses, it causes prostate enlargement and compresses the urethra to cause symptoms like the frequent urge to urinate, straining when urinating and the constant feeling that the bladder is not completely empty.
While the cause of prostate cancer is unclear, certain factors may increase your risk of developing the condition. This cancer occurs more often in older men, Asian men, and men with a family history of the disease. Some studies state that the risk of developing prostate cancer increases with obesity and high BMI.
How Is Prostate Cancer Treated?
Prostate cancer is slow-growing does not need treatment in its early stages if it is not causing any symptoms. Doctors usually prefer to ‘wait and watch’. The standard treatment options for prostate cancer are:
Surgery is the first line of treatment for most prostate cancers. In early-stage prostate cancer, your doctor will choose between prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) and radiotherapy. Prostatectomy is not recommended in locally-advanced prostate cancers.
Radiotherapy uses high-energy radiation to kill prostate cancer cells. External beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy are the two types of radiotherapy that may be used for prostate cancer. Sometimes, only brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) may be used in early-stage prostate cancer. In advanced prostate cancers, a combination of external beam and brachytherapy may be used.
Prostate cancer cells grow and multiply in response to testosterone. So, hormone therapy uses drugs to reduce testosterone levels in the body, thereby slowing the growth of prostate cancer. Hormone therapy may be given orally as tablets or via injection.
Chemotherapy uses potent anticancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. This therapy is used in advanced prostate cancer to prevent it from returning.
How Can Klarity Oncology Help?
With Klarity Oncology, you are not alone! We understand your prostate cancer journey can be challenging, so we strive to make cancer care accessible and affordable. For most people, a prostate cancer diagnosis is complex and exhausting. Our dedicated care team supports you throughout your prostate cancer journey– from doctor appointments to second opinions and follow-ups.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost in the UK
Prostate cancer treatment cost in the UK depends mainly upon the cancer stage at the time of diagnosis. Treatment for early-stage prostate cancer costs less than that for advanced-stage prostate cancer. The cost also depends upon where you choose to undergo therapy, as private cancer facilities are costlier than public-funded ones.
How is Prostate Cancer Treatment Cost Calculated?
Your doctor and healthcare team will discuss the cost of your prostate cancer treatment with you. Your treatment costs are calculated based on the following factors:
Some factors that may add to your overall treatment costs include participation in clinical trials, symptomatic management and palliative care (if needed). It is recommended to discuss your treatment costs with your health insurance provider to understand the inclusions and exclusions of your policy.
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