Infographic: A Game Plan for Prostate Cancer

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With nearly 239,000 men in the United States diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, it is important to have a game plan for prevention, screening and treatment. View the infographic below for more:

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Editor’s note: Screening should be discussed with a physician and age/frequency of screening should depend on a man’s risk level. For more information on prostate cancer screening guidelines and risks, visit this page.

4 Comments:

  1. Preventive Medicine

    “It’s recommended that PSA testing occur every two years”? By whom??

    Why doesn’t this graphic include any mention of harms? Who created it?

    • Thank you for your comment and for reading our blog. In all cases, screening should be discussed with a physician and should depend on a man’s risk level. For more information on prostate cancer screening recommendations, visit this page. All the best!

  2. The devastation left behind after treatment is barely – if ever – addressed. Not once through many years has anyone ever asked ME, “How has this affected your marriage?” (Destroyed it) “How do you feel about being totally impotent?” (Destroyed my self esteem). I go here because it is close. My money goes to Memorial Sloan Kettering
    In New York, where they at least have a fully-staffed dept to deal with all of the sexual consequences of Prostate Cancer treatment, and take a PRO-active approach with each patient! Have never even been asked about it, maybe as a passing comment. Too late now. Been too many years. Too much damage, physically, emotionally, maritally and financially. Will be seeing a Dr John Mullhall in NY soon. Maybe he can save things. Nothing has been offered at Dana Farber, despite all their website marketing. I stopped asking years ago. I sincerely hope that the proposed “help” for men post-treatment gets to the treating physicians, and they actively pursue it with patients early.

    • Thank you for your comment. We’re sorry to hear about your medical troubles and that you had a difficult time with your treatment and its side effects. The impact of cancer can be devastating in so many ways, well beyond physical symptoms. Our Patient and Family Relations team is always available to discuss any issues you might have with part of your care. You can reach them directly at 617-632-3417.

      As you mentioned there are many important emotional and sexual issues that can arise following treatment. We have a Sexual Health Program that provides education, consultation, and rehabilitation for patients during and following treatment, as well as a Psychosocial Oncology group that offers counseling to address the emotional stress and relationship issues cancer can cause. You can learn more about these programs by visiting http://www.dana-farber.org/psychosocial and http://www.dana-farber.org/sexualhealth. We wish you all the best. – DFCI

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