Doctors are now considering testing the inherited genetics of all men with advanced prostate cancer, ideally at diagnosis, in order to understand their disease better. Not only will it provide clues as to how to treat the cancer, says Dr. Eli Van Allen, a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but it may also reveal the cancer’s genetic tendency to behave in a certain way, which is a vital predictor for how to treat.
In addition, learning whether you have a genetic cancer gene will be extremely significant for other family members, since men with a family history are considered high risk and need to be screened at a much younger age.
Active surveillance for prostate cancer is a very specific protocol with requirements and guidelines. While this is not ideal for everyone, it may work for certain patients and spare them the side effects of treatment.
What is Active Surveillance?
The Benefits of Active Surveillance
When Is Active Surveillance Not Enough?
Before you decide on a surgeon or a surgical technique for prostate cancer, you should understand the options and some key questions to ask your surgeon.
An Overview of Prostate Cancer Surgery
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
Laparoscopic Surgery vs. Traditional Open Surgery for Prostate Cancer
How Do You Choose the Right Robotic Surgeon?
Your Own Opinion on Surgery vs. Radiation Matters