The timely and right intervention helped 67-year-old Pankaj Arora, who was diagnosed with early prostate cancer, lead a happy life. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he came to to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh (PGI) with urinary issues and his doctor advised him to get prostate-specific antigen examined.
"An average 250 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the tricity every month," said Dr Santosh Kumar, urologist at PGI. Dr Kumar says Arora is lucky to be diagnosed at the right age and get treated, but many people ignore the symptoms till it is too late.
In India, lack of awareness leads to prostate cancer detection at later stages. Hormonal treatment is the recommended option for patients and may be used in combination with other treatment options such as surgery or radiation therapy. Within 1-2 years of hormonal therapy resistance develops. A patient at this stage have symptoms such as ain, weakness, inability to perform routine activities would be hampered. Today ain, weakness, inability to perform routine activities.
Prostate cancer in some cases is hereditary and runs in families. If one of the first-line relatives in family had prostate cancer the risk doubles for the future generations.