Detect prostate cancer on time and be among the 98% of patients who are saved
Contrary to what many men think, prostate cancer is actually a 100% curable. This has been our experience as health professionals. We have been able to detect prostate cancer on time, deflecting its harmful effects by diagnosing it with precision in its early stages.
The knowledge we have gained after being exposed to individuals dealing with this disease is supported by statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), they point out that detecting prostate cancer in time increases the survival rate of patients by 98%.
In order to be able to start making the appropriate decisions, you must be properly informed about the new available methods that may positively help you diagnoses and treat this type of cancer since, nowadays technology has allowed us to discover more effective yet less invasive procedures for the diagnosis and the eventual treatment of prostate cancer.
Initially, you should be made aware of the advantages of detecting prostate cancer at an early stage, also what tests are most commonly used through prostate cancer diagnosis protocols such as the PSA test and the traditional prostate biopsy (transrectal bipsy), which in our opinion as professionals, does not offer the most accurate conclusions that can be used to treat patients correctly and save their lives. We will now proceed to tell you why.
By the end of this article, We will also comment on the most accurate and less painful method we have tried with our patients in order to detect prostate cancer without the need to perform traditional biopsies.
Advantages of detecting prostate cancer in time
Lets start by telling you, you can live longer if you take the right steps toward the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer as long as it is detected in its early stages.
The treatment will end up being less expensive and more effective if the cancer is detected promptly.
Detecting prostate cancer right at the beginning of its formation allows medical teams to take measures that will neither drastically affect the state of your health nor consist of wearying and harmful procedures that may translate into complications much later on.
When prostate cancer anomalies are detected, patients will be able to corroborate the results provided by different tests in order to find out what stage they are in, what treatments are available and also weigh in information that will verify if their case is not related to malignant abnormalities.
Additionally, when prostate or any other type of cancer is detected early on, the probability of being completely free of the condition grows close to a 100% which promotes a more favorable recovery and the possibility of returning to an optimal state of health.
What tests are most commonly used to attempt to detect prostate cancer in time?
Blood test for prostate cancer (PSA test)
The analysis of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels is a routine blood test in which the levels of this protein are determined, leaving a record that can alert and be part of the diagnosis of any abnormality in the prostate.
We are fervent advocates of recommending this exam regularly, given it allows physicians to have control of the status of the prostate and provides a highly valuable record for medical teams, which facilitates the safe detection of the first stages of any carcinogenic formation.
We must however mention that the alteration of PSA levels is not only caused by cancer cells, these values can also increase under other benign conditions like inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) and enlargement of the prostate (bening prostate hyperplasy) that actually don’t pose a threat to the patient’s health; now, under the scope of a possible prostate cancer diagnosis, the results offered by this test could end up causing discomfort to patients who suspect being afflicted by this disease and anguish among their relatives.
Another protocol that is implemented in the diagnosis of the disease is the traditional prostate biopsy, it consists of analyzing small samples taken directly from the prostate in order to detect malformations or possible signs of cancer. In some cases, these biopsies are performed to determine why a patient is showing symptoms similar to those of individuals affected by prostate cancer.
Traditional prostate biopsies involve inserting a small probe in the patient’s rectum. Anesthesia is administered through this small cylinder over the area where the samples are meant to be extracted. A fine needle is used to withdraw an average of 10 to 18 tissue samples, which are sent to a laboratory for subsequent analysis.
Why aren’t traditional prostate biopsies accurate?
Based on our experience as a physicians, I am of the opinion that the conventional prostate biopsy, besides being an extremely invasive procedure, has negative consequences such as infections since the rectum is puncture each time a tissue sample is taken. In addition to this, patients under the effects of anesthesia have reported they can still feel the sensation of how the tissue is being removed during the biopsy.
To carry out this type of tests, ultrasound equipment needs to be used. In most cases, it is possible such scanning devices aren’t precise enough to show details of the area affected by prostate cancer, they may even have trouble displaying optimal images that will let doctors know the extent of the damage inflicted on the prostate tissue and proceed with further measures.
Conventional biopsies are included among a series of intrusive practices that sometimes encompass areas of the body unrelated to those that need to be examined, they can also fail to provide a diagnosis that is not in accordance with the true state of an individual; this translates into drastic and cumbersome treatments that don’t meet the requirements that will deliver solutions aimed at counteracting the ailments suffered by patients.
Is there a precise yet less painful way to detect prostate cancer?
At Focalyx, we use the following protocol to detect prostate cancer without having to perform traditional biopsies on any of our patients:
First, patients need to take blood (PSA) and urine tests, if the results are suspicious of cancer disease, an imaging diagnosis of prostate cancer is immediately ordered (Multiparametric MRI).
Diagnoses facilitated by imaging technology allow the detection of dangerous prospects without having to involve patients with meddlesome practices and treatments that require the use of radiation.
So far, the most effective method is implemented through magnetic resonance iamging (MRI) where a surface antenna is used to obtain a clear image of the prostate and identify the areas that may possibly be affected along with clinically relevant lesions with greater precision.
The first step to perform this test is to have you receive intravenous contrast which will facilitate the visualization of the prostate thanks to the advantages brought by the superficial antenna. This approach results in sharp images that lets patients know if they will be affected by this disease and expedite the correct treatment of the conditions of those at risk without having to undergo uncomfortable, painful or inaccurate procedures.
Do not be afraid to get in touch with a medical specialist right away and start your consultations. Get informed, the technological and corrective efforts that have been made to cope with this disease, as you have just read, are tremendously positive and encouraging.