In Latvia, this year, treatment options for men diagnosed with prostate or prostate cancer have increased significantly. As a result, it is possible to extend the life expectancy of those who have spread tumors unfortunately. "Young and healthy people cannot imagine how important it is for men who find themselves in such situations," said Peter Vaganov, a urologist at the Clinical University Hospital, Clinical University Hospital, P. Stradins Clinical University Hospital.
Not all men manage to get rid of prostate cancer, but in many cases they can live with it for a long time, because cancer is now a chronic disease. In addition, since the beginning of this year, state-funded care is available at all stages of prostate cancer. There is also the development of treatments that allow you to stay longer during and after treatment and to provide a better quality of life than before. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Control (SPCC) data show that out of 8665 prostate cancer patients registered at the end of 2017, 4,133 records were reported for more than 5 years. If prostate cancer is detected, urine must come into contact with all life. It is important to continue the prostatic-specific antigen (PSA) test regularly and maintain the developmental symptoms that may be related to urinary problems, erectile problems, blood in urine or sperm, lower back pain or upper thighs, according to your doctor's instructions.
"This year, a lot of work has been done on the health of men in Latvia: the availability of urologists has improved, new opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and observation are offered to men who have prostate cancer, increasing hopes for favorable outcomes," said P. Vaganov.
According to doctors, a man suspected of having prostate cancer uses the Green Corridor, with a referral from a family doctor, available in 10 days. "For those who find malignant tumors, the latest non-invasive treatment methods are available, which allow them to return fully to their daily lives in a few weeks and, after a long time, to restore their potential. However, for this to happen, It is important that tumors be detected at an early stage, which can only be done if men regularly do PSA tests and go to the doctor. Many thanks to the government for approving a number of projects on the purchase of the latest hardware in the field of urology this year, as well as national drug replacement including a new drug for the treatment of prostate cancer in the last stage of metastatic cancer. This significantly extends the patient's life expectancy, "said P. Vaganov.
What should be known by Latvian men
• For almost 20 years, prostate cancer worldwide is the most common malignant tumor in men.
• In Latvia, this is the second most common type of cancer. (National Health Service Data (NSA))
• In 2016, 1286 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed. (SPCC data)
• The number of unique prostate tumors that are unique and the first time in the first eight months of 2018 is 4,059 (of which 814 are the first). (NVD data)
• In Europe, prostate cancer is around 3 million men, half of whom have lived for five years or more since the diagnosis was diagnosed. If the tumor is detected at an early stage, the tumor can be removed and remission is possible without recovery of the disease for 20 to 30 years or longer.
• Even if there are no complaints (prostate cancer in the early stages may not have symptoms), routine prostate testing must be done from around 50 years. From the age of 50, with GP officers every two years, the PSA test is paid by the state.
• Prostate cancer attacks younger men. If there are men in the family who have this, the test must be done and at the beginning of the urine you must go from the age of 40-45 years.
• Prostate cancer can be treated at all stages of the disease. Not only support and encouragement from medical personnel, but also the surrounding area, it is very important.