Taking charge of prostate cancer
Many patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer can feel overwhelmed, frightened and that they have no control of what happens next. We know that information is power and at Bridge, we believe that by empowering prostate cancer patients with information, we are giving them control over their diagnosis, treatment and future.
We also know that it isn’t just patients who need this support, but their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals as well. By providing the proper tools, patients and members in their circle of care can gain control and take charge of the disease.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate gland and is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Canadian men. In fact, 1 in 9 men in Canada will be diagnosed in their lifetime. While this stat may seem alarming, early stage prostate cancer grows slowly and can be treated or monitored successfully.
The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. Prostate Cancer develops when normal cells in the prostate grow faster or dies slower than usual which can lead to a cancerous tumour over time.
Prostate cancer can affect every aspect of daily life. Learning about the disease is the most critical way to empower the patient to help choose a treatment plan that works for their lifestyle.
While an initial diagnosis can be alarming, most early stage prostate cancer can be treated successfully. Once the grade and stage of the cancer is determined, patients will be presented with treatment options.
Treating the diagnosis
When patients first receive their diagnosis, they will be introduced to a healthcare team to talk about the diagnosis and treatment options. The grade and stage of the tumor will help form the decision on which type of treatment is best for the individual.
The healthcare team usually consists of a urologist, nurse, and possibly a medical or radiation oncologist. The fourth, most important member of that team is the patient themselves as they are critical in determining the best treatment plan possible. Patients will work with their healthcare team to discuss their diagnosis and treatment options.
Benefits versus Risk
Defining a treatment plan involves the patient understanding both the benefits and the risks of the different options. While a healthcare team can help control these side effects and some will go away after treatment, it’s important for the patient to understand the potential impact on their lifestyle and well being. In some cases, the risks may outweigh the benefits and another treatment option will be more desirable.
In order to help patients and their support networks really understand and develop the best treatment plan possible, it’s critical they have the tools and resources.
Video and Print Resources
At Bridge Medical Communications, we partnered with Prostate Cancer Canada to help both patients understand the disease and treatment options. Learn more about the video and print resources by clicking on the links below:
Questions? Contact us to learn more about the available resources.