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What Happens If Prostate Cancer Comes Back?

One in five men is diagnosed with high risk prostate cancer which usually tends to spread although it can seem to be localized. After treatment, 30 – 40% of these men have a recurrence. Since that’s a relatively sizable percentage, what should you know about what happens if prostate cancer comes back?

Discovering Recurrence

After prostate cancer treatments, the patient’s PSA levels in the blood usually drop and stay stable. During post treatment check ups, rising PSA levels may be detected which can be a sign of cancer recurrence.

X-rays, bone scans, and PET scans will be given to find minute cancer cells and discover if prostate cancer has come back and spread to other parts of the body.

After undergoing various treatments for prostate cancer only to have it come back is quite demoralizing for patients. It is initially difficult for men to consider additional treatments with the accompanying side effects all over again.

To Treat Or Not To Treat

Recurrences located in the surrounding prostate tissue are known as local recurrence. If the recurrence is outside of the pelvic area, it is called a distant or metastatic recurrence.

Sometimes higher levels of PSA are seen. but there is no clear diagnosis on an imaging test. In addition, if it is a slow growing cancer, patients can decide to choose active surveillance instead of treatment.

New Treatments And Technology Breakthroughs

Both local and distant recurrences can be treated with a new technology known as CyberKnife.

It gives patients a safe and effective alternative to other therapies with little to no side effects.

Many patients who had undergone radiation treatments before cannot have another round due to increased risk of severe side effects.

CyberKnife is non-invasive, has fewer treatment sessions, and is more comfortable than traditional radiation.

Among the most important benefits of CyberKnife, there is little risk of causing:

In addition, CyberKnife is able to treat hard to reach or inoperable distant tumors.

If your prostate cancer comes back, you now have a new treatment that is not only effective but safer and has less side effects.

Contact Dr. Ash Bowen if you would like more information about CyberKnife for prostate cancer recurrence. Dr. Ash Bowen is a board-certified urologist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating patients for prostate cancer. Dr. Bowen will take the time to fully discuss your treatment options and answer any questions you may have. Call 405-749-9655 to schedule an appointment at our office in Edmond, OK today!

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