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Living with prostate cancer

For many men, being diagnosed with prostate cancer is a significant change in their life and it comes with a number of new concerns. Comprehensive information about the disease and therapy options is valuable for men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The information offered here can allow men to face their diagnosis empowered with knowledge — as knowledge helps to alleviate worries and concerns.

What should you know?

Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed types of cancer in men. Almost 400,000 new cases occur in Europe every year. Statistics suggest that there are approximately three million men in European countries living with this disease. According to figures from the Robert Koch Institute, approximately 63,400 new cases are diagnosed in Germany each year.

Patients affected by prostate cancer all have one thing in common: They have to deal with the same concerns, primarily involving side effects and the consequences of treatment. According to recent studies, the greatest worry that prostate cancer patients have is that following cancer treatment, they will no longer be able to be intimate with their partners.

Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed types of cancer in men.

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The same study also states that this concern is even ranked higher than their fear of dying from cancer. Many patients affected by prostate cancer are also concerned about other treatment side effects such as incontinence.

Comprehensive information about conventional and new therapies for prostate cancer

In recent years, medicine has made great progress in the treatment of prostate cancer. Our goal is to provide you, with comprehensive information about the disease and the latest developments.

We will provide you with up-to-date information about scientific studies and new therapy options so that you can be well informed when you meet with your physician. Empowered with knowledge, you and your physician will be able to decide what treatment options are most suitable for you.

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Prostate cancer: Diagnosis with Multiparametric .

Prostate cancer: Diagnosis with MRI

Cancer diagnosis: Multiparametric MRI enables more precise imaging of the prostate

Ultrasound and biopsy are considered reliable methods of diagnosing prostate cancer in men. Newer diagnostic techniques using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) obtain even more precise images of the area under examination. The standard diagnostic procedure is ultrasound-guided biopsy. MR Imaging techniques are then used when further examination is required. The purpose of the MRI is to determine the size of the tumour and its exact location, whether the lymph nodes are also affected, and whether the cancer has metastasized to the bones or other organs.

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Prostate cancer therapy.

Returning to everyday life following prostate cancer treatment

Information on follow-up care and coping strategies following prostate cancer treatment

Whether patients opt for conventional methods such as radiotherapy or a radical prostatectomy (RP), or for newer methods such as TULSA (which carries a lower risk of side effects), patients will undergo regular check-ups following their treatment to ensure that any relapses are detected at an early stage. Follow-up care begins no later than twelve weeks after the treatment. According to the German Cancer Society, 93 percent of all prostate cancer patients are still alive after five years [1]. If new tumours develop following treatment, they may be a local recurrence at the surgical site or they may be a metastases in other parts of the body.

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Family support is important for prostate cancer patients.

Prostate cancer — the role a patients family member plays

Caregivers have a significant impact on the well-being of prostate cancer patients

Receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for a patient. As the study “Prostate Cancer – Living not just surviving” [1] highlights, it is often difficult for men to talk to their partners about their diagnosis and to also share their concerns about the side effects of the therapy. Only 41 percent of the German patients surveyed in the study said they were willing to talk to their partners about potential problems with impotence after treatment. By contrast, 56 percent of partners want to be open to talk about this issue. Although prostate cancer patients find it difficult to discuss their problems with their partners or doctor, communicating about the disease with their partner helps to stabilize the relationship and supports the patient through an emotional time.

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