In 2018, more than 164,000 men in the U.S. will learn that they have prostate cancer—the most common type of cancer in men (after skin cancer), and the second leading cause of cancer deaths (after lung cancer).
Like any cancer diagnosis, the news can leave men and their loved ones feeling anxious and unsure about the future. And with so many different options available for treating prostate cancer—including surgery, radiation, hormonal therapy, and even the option to initially do no treatment at all—the decision-making process can often be complicated.
To find out more about prostate cancer treatment options and the various factors that both doctors and patients must consider when making a decision, I spoke to three Northwell Health physicians who care for patients with prostate cancer: Dr. Louis Potters and Dr. Richard Byrnes, who are radiation oncologists, and Dr. Lee Richstone, a urologist.
Here’s what they had to say: