Each year, millions of men are affected by prostate cancer and it is a common condition that affects men who are between the ages of 40 and 80; it can be present in younger men, but it is very uncommon.
This cancer is the leading cause of death for men who are 75 years and up, and people who have greater risk of developing this disease include older men, African American men, men who consume high quantities of alcohol, men who eat high-fat diets and men who are exposed to certain chemicals.
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that develops in a man's prostate, which is a small gland that is located in a man's reproductive organs. There are many symptoms of this cancer such as slow urination, blood in the urine, pain while urinating, stinging while urinating, bone pain, tenderness and urine leakage.
There are several treatments for this cancer, but the most common treatments are prostate cancer radiation and chemotherapy. Prostate cancer radiation treatment is commonly referred to as the X-ray therapy. What this treatment does is it uses radiation to help kill off the cancer cells in the body. This treatment is supposed to stunt the bad cell's growth and help keep the healthy cells functioning.
The very prostate cancer radiation works is that a large machine in the radiation room produces the radiation. This machine then directs the radiation towards the body, and then, the radiation is directed toward the prostate through minuscule tubes that are placed in the cancer-affected areas; this is known as external radiation. Internal radiation therapy for this cancer includes placing a device in the actual tumor. Both internal and external radiation therapy can be either permanent or temporary; it is up to the doctor to decide.
When receiving this cancer radiation, it is important to consume a balanced diet. A good diet will allow the patient to recover from the side effects of radiation, which include changes in skin, hair loss, sun sensitivity, enlarged pores, fatigue, vomiting, dizziness, skin darkening, thicker skin tissue, erectile dysfunction and pain while urinating. Consuming foods rich in nutrients will allow your body to recover from all the stress it is being put under while receiving prostate cancer radiation treatment.
Prostate cancer radiation is a highly effective treatment that can help prolong your life. This treatment may cause some changes in your lifestyle, but as long as you eat a healthy diet, exercise mildly and keep your spirit up, you will get through the radiation therapy for this cancer.