According to Cancer Research UK, 84% of men in England and Wales survive prostate cancer for ten years or more. Statistics on recovery vary depending on at what stage your prostate cancer was when first diagnosed, and what treatment you undergo.
Focal therapies, such as High Intensity Focus Ultrasound (HIFU), will result in far fewer instances of life-changing side effects than other treatments. The risk to men undergoing focal therapy of erectile dysfunction is less than 5%, whilst the risk of incontinence is less than 2%.
More radical treatments, such as a radical prostatectomy, are required for men with more advanced or higher risk cancer. The risk of long term erectile dysfunction can be as high as 60% after a radical prostatectomy, and the risk of long term incontinence can be up to 15% in some cases.
In order to minimise the side effects of treatment for prostate cancer, it is vital that men receive an expert, precision diagnosis.
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