Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer

prostate-normal-vs-cancerIn today’s world, cancer is something that there still is no cure for, but something that isn’t a guaranteed death sentence anymore. There is no widespread cure or preventive measures to ensure you don’t get any form of cancer, but things are getting better. With some cancers, you will feel various symptoms of the cancer in the earlier stages, but when it comes to prostate cancer, those with the cancer inside them won’t feel symptoms until the later stages. There are many signs and symptoms that will tell you that something is wrong and as visit to the doctor would be necessary.

What are some of the symptoms that you have advanced prostate cancer?

Difficulty Walking

For doctors, this is one of the most troubling symptoms related to advanced prostate cancer. When a doctor hears that you have problems walking, the first thing that comes to mind is worry for possible malignant spinal cord compression. This occurs when the prostate cancer begins to attack the bones around the spinal cord, which can in turn affects the spinal nerves. If this happens, you will feel discomfort in your legs and overall weakness of the lower part of your body. The pain you will experience can be excruciating and if this occurs, you may have problems controlling your bowel movements and have trouble urinating.

How to treat difficulty walking: After your doctor determines this your spinal nerves have been affected with magnetic resonance imaging, you will be prescribed steroids through an IV to help counteract the pain and problem.

Pain

With any cancer, you will experience various pains and uncomfortable feelings. With advanced prostate cancer, the most common type of pain you will feel is in your bones. The pain won’t be unbearable at first as it will take some time to develop, but gradually over the course of a few months, the pain will increase in severity.

Among the different pain feelings you will experience with an advanced prostate cancer are sharp pains or the most likely feeling of aching. There have also been some people with the cancer that have fractured bones in their arms or legs, which is a symptom of metastatic prostate cancer. Metastatic prostate cancer occurs when the cancer cells move outside of the prostate and attack bones, lymph nodes, and other areas of the body.

How to control pain: One way you can work to fight the pain from advanced prostate cancer is medication. As soon as the pain becomes too much to handle and you seek out professional guidance, you should begin a medication program on a strict schedule. This will allow you to fight and prevent the pain instead of trying to cut it down after it is already there. Some of the most popular medication choices for patients with advanced prostate cancer are acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and morphine. The first two are over the counter drugs that are effective at fighting off pain, but with ibuprofen, you are likely to experience stomach discomfort and irritation. Morphine is a popular medication that you can only get through prescription.  The pain you will feel from the cancer can be excruciating and morphine may be needed to even complete the easiest of tasks each day.

Radiation treatments would be another option for those looking to fight off the pain and is one of the most effective treatment options for this symptom.

Constipation

Constipation is something you might experience while you are fighting off the pain of advanced prostate cancer, but it is not something that you generally feel because of the cancer itself. Most commonly, constipation occurs because of the medication you are on to control the pain from the cancer. Your doctor can also prescribe medication to counteract these effects.

How to treat constipation: The best and only real way to treat constipation that could occur because of the medications is to drink lots of fluids.

Tiredness

If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, you can feel fatigue and tiredness as an effect of what is happening inside your body. It could become a difficult task for you to complete the easiest of jobs that were never a problem before because of your fatigue level. You may not be able to play an hour long pickup basketball game like you used to and may need to drive a cart when playing your favorite golf course because walking 18 holes isn’t possible anymore.

How to treat your fatigue: If you are having this feeling of always being tired and fatigued no matter how much sleep you get, you should see a doctor. They can either prescribe you sleeping pills to help you relax at night or run tests to see if there is more to it than just being tired all the time.

Blood in Semen

When you ejaculate, if you see blood, it doesn’t automatically mean you have advanced prostate cancer. That is especially the case if you are younger than 40. Men older than 40 that see blood in their semen repeatedly should seek the help of a doctor immediately. The most common cause of finding blood in your semen is infection and inflammation. It can be an infection in any part of the body that produce semen including tubes, glands, and ducts that are responsible for moving the semen around the body. It could also be a sign that you caught a sexually transmitted disease.

According to a WebMD article, in one review that included more than 900 patients that found blood in their semen, just 3.5 percent were from tumors. Most of those tumors were found in the prostate gland. If this went untreated, the cancer could spread and become life threatening.

How to treat blood in semen: Depending on what the cause of the bleeding, there are different treatment methods. From antibiotics for infections to anti-inflammatory medication for inflammation, there are numerous options your doctor has. If the pain continues, your doctor will send you to an urologist where they will discuss all other treatment options.

 

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