In Latvia, this year, treatment options for men diagnosed with prostate or prostate cancer have significantly improved. Consequently, it is possible to extend the life expectancy of those who have already spread the tumor unfortunately. "Young and healthy people can not imagine how important it is for men who find themselves in such a situation," said Peter Vaganov, a urologist at the Clinical University Hospital of the Clinical University Hospital of the Clinical University Hospital of P. Stradins.
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 today is a chronic disease. In addition, since the beginning of this year, state-funded treatment is available at all stages of prostate cancer. There are also developing treatments that allow you to stay longer during and after treatment and to provide better quality of life than previously possible. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Control (SPCC) data shows 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, the urine should be in contact with all life. It is important to continue regular PSA (prostatic-specific antigen) follow-up and keep up the symptoms of progression that may be related to urinary problems, erectile problems, blood in urine or sperm, regular 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 urologs has improved, new opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and observation are offered to men affected by prostate cancer, thus increasing expectations for a favorable outcome," says P. Vaganov.
According to the doctor, men who are suspected of having prostate cancer using the Green Corridor, with a referral from a family doctor, are available within 10 days. "For those we find malignant tumors, the latest non-invasive treatment methods are available, which allows them to return fully to their everyday lives in a few weeks and, after a long time, to restore their potency. However, in order for it to happen, it is important that the tumor is detected at an early stage, which can only be done if the man regularly performs the PSA test and goes 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 a national drug reimbursement medicine that included a new medicine for the treatment of prostate cancer in the last stages of metastatic cancer. This significantly extends the life expectancy of patients, "says P. Vaganov.
What should be known to Latvian men
• For nearly 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 (NSA) data)
• In 2016, 1286 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed. (SPCC data)
• The number of unique and first-time prostate malignant tumors in the first eight months of 2018 was 4059 (of which 814 were first-time). (NVD data)
• In Europe, prostate cancer is about 3 million men, half of whom have lived for five years or more since diagnosis was diagnosed. If a tumor is detected at an early stage, it can be discarded and remission is possible without disease recovery for 20 to 30 years or longer.
• Even if there are no complaints (prostate cancer in early stages may not have any symptoms), routine prostate tests should be performed from about 50 years of age. From the age of 50, with a GP dispatcher every two years, the PSA test is paid by the state.
• Prostate cancer affects younger men. If any man in the family has had this, tests should be done and at the beginning of the urine you should go from the age of 40-45 years.
• Prostate cancer can be treated at all stages of the disease. Not only the support and encouragement of the medics, but also the surrounding ones, is very important.