In Latvia, this year, the treatment options for men diagnosed with prostate or prostate cancer have improved significantly. Consequently, it is possible to extend the life expectancy of those who have already spread the tumor unfortunately. "Healthy and young people can not imagine how important it is to men who are in such a situation," said Peter Vaganov, a urologist at the University Hospital Clinic of the University Hospital Clínico 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, treatment with state funding is available at all stages of prostate cancer. There are also developing treatments that allow you to stay longer during and after treatment and provide a better quality of life than was possible. The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPCC) shows that of 8665 patients with prostate cancer registered at the end of 2017, 4,133 records were registered for more than 5 years. If prostate cancer is detected, the urine should be in contact with your whole life. It is important to continue the regular monitoring of the specific prostate antigen (PSA) and maintain progression symptoms that may be related to urinary problems, erectile problems, blood in urine or sperm, regular back pain or upper thighs, in accordance with the instructions of your child doctor
"This year a lot of work has been done on the health of men in Latvia: the availability of urologens has improved, offers new opportunities for diagnosis, treatment and observation for men affected by prostate cancer, increasing the expectations of a favorable outcome," says P. Vaganov.
According to the doctor, men suspected of having prostate cancer using the Green Corridor, with a referral from a family doctor, are available within 10 days. "For those who encounter malignant tumors, the latest non-invasive methods of treatment are available, which allows them to return to their daily life in a few weeks and, after a long time, restore their power. However, for this 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 examination and goes to the doctor. Many thanks to the government for approving a series of projects about the purchase of the latest hardware In the field of urology this year, as well as a national drug reimbursement medication that included a new medication for the treatment of prostate cancer in the later stages of metastatic cancer. This significantly expands the patient's life expectancy, "says P. Vaganov .
What should be known to the Latvian Latvians
• 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. (Data from the National Health Service (NSA))
• In 2016, 1286 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed. (SPCC data)
• The number of malignant prostate tumors unique and for the first time in the first eight months of 2018 was 4059 (of which 814 were the 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. If a tumor is detected at an early stage, it can be discarded and remission is possible without the recovery of the disease for 20 to 30 years or more.
• Even if there are no complaints (prostate cancer in the early stages may not have any symptoms), routine prostate tests should take place after approximately 50 years of age. After 50 years of age, with a GP teddy every two years, the PSA test is paid by the state.
• Prostate cancer affects younger men. If a man of the family has had this, tests should be made and at the beginning of the urine you have to go from 40-45 years.
• Prostate cancer can be treated in all stages of the disease. Not only the support and encouragement of doctors, but also those that surround it, are very important.