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A Journey Through Prostate Cancer

Kurtis Bright
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Kurtis Bright

Kurtis is a graduate of CU - Boulder who writes about health, fitness, music, theater, and travel while living by the sea in Chile.

 

Prostate cancer is a survivable disease, with an overall five-year relative survival rate of about 98 percent. Still, some 34,000 people are expected to succumb to the disease in 2021, and the survival rate drops to about 30 percent for distant cases—those that have metastasized.

No matter how far the healthcare field has advanced with prostate cancer prevention, detection and treatment, however, those two words—prostate cancer—can cause a significant amount of worry. All cancers do. That's why Giddy is on a mission to educate as many people as possible about the journey a prostate cancer sufferer—and survivor—endures.

Every Monday for 10 weeks, we'll take a deep dive into one aspect of this journey, starting with Risk Factors and followed by Prevention, Symptoms, The Appointment and Diagnosis, Further Tests, Treatment I: Less Invasive, Treatment II: More Invasive, Side Effects, and Recovery, before concluding with Life After.

Join us as we map a route through prostate cancer, one whose destination ends with two words you'll want to hear: cancer-free.

Prostate Cancer: Know Your Risk Factors
Understanding the key components that drive the disease can help you make screening choices.
Prevention: What It Can and Can’t Do For Your Prostate
Personal choices may—or may not—affect your chances of getting and surviving cancer.
Symptoms: Recognizing the Signs of Prostate Cancer
It's often difficult to see this disease coming. Find out why—and what you should watch for.
Prostate Cancer: The Appointment and Diagnosis
You've been referred to a urologist because an exam revealed something. What comes next?
Prostate Cancer: Further Tests, Biopsy and Confirmation
You made it through the initial diagnosis. What happens next will determine a course of action.
Less Invasive Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer
Treating the disease is not all (prostatectomy) or nothing. You have not-so-drastic options.
For Advanced Prostate Cancer, Aggressive Treatment Is Required
While interventions have come a long way, a major procedure might be the only option.
Even the Best Prostate Cancer Treatments Have Side Effects
Medical modalities are ever-improving, but surgery and radiation can be rough on the body.
After the Trials of Prostate Cancer Treatment, Finally, Recovery
The weeks and months after intervention can be trying, even if all goes well.
Life After—Yes, After!—Prostate Cancer
Follow-up care and lifestyle adjustments are crucial to managing the expected long-term issues.