Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Written by Amy Hall
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Metastatic prostate cancer involves tissues surrounding the prostate, lymph nodes, and in some cases other organs, such as the bones, liver, or lungs. Once cancer cells have spread to other organs, the prognosis is not as good. In such cases, a combination of powerful treatments is necessary to give the patient the best chance at survival.

Stages III and IV prostate cancer involve tissues, lymph nodes, and other organs, and therefore a total treatment plan needs to be implemented immediately. Men in this situation typically undergo surgery to remove the prostate gland, the surrounding tissues, affected lymph nodes in the area, and the testicles. If cancer has spread to other organs, radiation and chemotherapy is the next focus of treatment.

Beating Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Radiation therapy is used to target tumors without harming healthy tissues. If growths have formed on other organs, then radiation may be used to shrink these tumors. Chemotherapy is then used to destroy any of the remaining cancer cells in the body. Chemo is harsh and patients undergoing this therapy can become gravely ill, suffering from extreme nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, and fatigue. A person's immunity also plummets during chemotherapy, and they must be sheltered from outside bacterial and viral infections.

Other options for beating metastatic cancer include hormone therapy to reduce the level of testosterone in the body. Men may also want to take supplements that can include saw palmetto, selenium, CoQ10, green tea, coral calcium, and zinc. It is also highly recommended that men refrain from eating red meat, eggs, and dairy products as these foods are believed to increase the risks of prostate cancer and exacerbate it when already present.

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