Have you ever you ever asked yourself...


What are my odds of getting cancer?

50 % for men and 33% for women, says Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with Cancer.

What kind of cancer am I more likely to develop?

The five most common cancers among American men are prostate, lung, colorectal, bladder, and melanoma, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In women is Breast Cancer.

Can I prevent cancer?

There's no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Study results often conflict with each other, and most studies aren't designed to definitively prove whether something prevents prostate cancer. As a result, no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer have emerged. Healthy eating and excersise play a vital role on staying healthy. 

Mayo Clinic staff report.

How do I know if I have cancer?

Prostate screening tests might include:

  • Digital rectal exam (DRE). During a DRE, your doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum to examine your prostate, which is adjacent to the rectum. If your doctor finds any abnormalities in the texture, shape or size of the gland, you may need further tests.
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. A blood sample is drawn from a vein in your arm and analyzed for PSA, a substance that's naturally produced by your prostate gland. It's normal for a small amount of PSA to be in your bloodstream. However, if a higher than normal level is found, it may indicate prostate infection, inflammation, enlargement or cancer.

What are the symptoms of cancer?

Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:

Pain areas: in the bones

Urinary: difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, dribbling of urine, excessive urination at night, frequent urination, urge to urinate and leaking, urinary retention, or weak urinary stream. Mayo Clinic


What is the best way to treat cancer?

There are many alternatives. You need to know about all of them so you can deside which is better for you.

1. Surgery for prostate cancer involves removing the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy), some surrounding tissue and a few lymph nodes. Radical prostatectomy can be performed in several ways.

2. Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy to kill cancer cells. Prostate cancer radiation therapy can be delivered in two ways:

A. Radiation that comes from outside of your body (external beam radiation).During external beam radiation therapy, you lie on a table while a machine moves around your body, directing high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays or protons, to your prostate cancer. You typically undergo external beam radiation treatments five days a week for several weeks.

B. Radiation placed inside your body (brachytherapy). Brachytherapy involves placing many rice-sized radioactive seeds in your prostate tissue. The radioactive seeds deliver a low dose of radiation over a long period of time. Your doctor implants the radioactive seeds in your prostate using a needle guided by ultrasound images. The implanted seeds eventually stop emitting radiation and don't need to be removed.

3.Hormone therapy is treatment to stop your body from producing the male hormone testosterone. Prostate cancer cells rely on testosterone to help them grow. Cutting off the supply of testosterone may cause cancer cells to die or to grow more slowly.

4.Cryosurgery or cryoablation involves freezing tissue to kill cancer cells.

5. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill rapidly growing cells, including cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be administered through a vein in your arm, in pill form or both.

6. Biological therapy (immunotherapy) uses your body's immune system to fight cancer cells. One type of biological therapy called sipuleucel-T (Provenge) has been developed to treat advanced, recurrent prostate cancer. Mayo Clinic

What are the most common side effects I will suffer after cancer treatment?

Radical prostatectomy carries a risk of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Ask your doctor to explain the risks you may face based on your situation, the type of procedure you select, your age, your body type and your overall health.

Side effects of radiation therapy can include painful, frequent or urgent urination, as well as rectal symptoms such as loose stools or pain when passing stools. Erectile dysfunction can also occur.

Side effects of hormone therapy may include erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, loss of bone mass, reduced sex drive and weight gain.

Proton Therapy offers the least likelihood of suffering any side effects.

What will my quality of life be after completing treatment for cancer?

Having a potentially life-threatening disease like cancer often leads people to examine their lives and look for meaning. In fact, this search for meaning may be the aspect of cancer that most often has a positive influence on life. The fear of death that affects most people when they are diagnosed with cancer, often leads us to think about what we leave behind and what we would like to do with the time we have left. It can make you feel like it’s the quality of life, not just the quantity, which matters most.

Quality of life means different things to different people. What’s most important is that you figure out what it means for you. 

Choosing the right treatment, one with the least amoount of side effects will allow you to live a better, more active life full of vigor and pleasure. 

Those are very interesting and important questions that cannot be answered without specific knowledge of the patient.

You can find many of answers here that may be general in nature, by reading the Prostate Cancer Page and the Therapy Options Page

In addition you should consult your doctor and/or The California Proton Therapy Center .

For peer to peer discreet conversation with ex-patients, you can reach out to us through Contact Us page.