Prostate Cancer Treatment

For almost 30 years Dr. Grimm has worked
tirelessly in the battle against prostate cancer treating thousands of
patients and training even more physicians. You have prostate cancer. The good news is that the overall survival for prostate cancer is generally very good. The next question however, is which
treatment is best for you? Which treatment will result in the long term
likelihood that the cancer will never return? In order to make this decision you need
current up-to-date unbiased information. Dr. Peter Grimm is the leader of the Prostate Cancer Results Study Group. A group of physicians from
around the world who have come together to review the world’s literature on the
effectiveness of different prostate cancer treatments. Spanning a 14-year
period these results provide a roadmap of which prostate cancer treatments have
been the most successful in keeping cancer from coming back.
This work is the focus of this video. The Prostate Cancer Result Study Group work is
unprecedent. It represents 14 years of evaluating the results of the various treatments that
are available for your cancer. With this information you can compare treatments,
you can compare a combination of treatments, and determine which
treatments are best for you. It will help you determine which treatment will
result in the cancer going away and never coming back in your lifetime. The Prostate Cancer Treatment Research Foundation has recently made the results
of this study easily available through an interactive website. To use this new
comparison tool you’ll need to know three things about your diagnosis. Your
PSA level, the stage of your cancer and the grade or Gleason score from the
biopsy. Using these numbers, the website will help determine your risk group. Low
Intermediate or High Risk. The interactive chart on the website allows
you to compare the effectiveness of each treatment. For example, using the chart
for high risk disease you can see the results for surgery. The scale on the
left of the chart shows the percentage of patients with no sign of cancer recurrence. The scale at the bottom shows how these
results change over the years. To compare other treatments simply select them in
the list. Here we compare surgery with external beam radiation. In the
high-risk categories you can also view the results of combined treatments, such
as external beam radiation, seed implants and ADT or hormone therapy. Making this information directly available to you as opposed to the medical community only is
remarkable. This information is available through the foundation website and can
be used, along with your physician and your family to help you make an informed
decision about which treatment might be best for you. The Prostate Cancer Free
Foundation is working to share information on the
effectiveness of the different prostate cancer treatments with patients so they
can make an informed decision on the best treatment plan.