Prostate Cancer: Signs & Symptoms
Prostate cancer effects 1 in 8 men during their lifetime, and different men experience different symptoms. Many men with early stage prostate cancer experience no symptoms at all.
Localised, early stage, prostate cancer – confined within the prostate - often doesn’t cause any symptoms. Symptoms can develop over many years. The most common signs of a prostate problem (though not necessarily cancer) are urinary problems. These include:
Needing to urinate frequently, including at night
Difficulty starting to urinate
A weak flow of urine
Difficulty emptying the bladder completely
Taking a long time to finish urinating
A sudden urgency to urinate
Loss of bladder control
Pain when urinating
Less common symptoms include
Pain during ejaculation
Pain in the back, hips, chest or pelvis, which doesn’t go away
Weakness of numbness in the legs and feet
Blood in the urine or semen
Problems maintaining an erection
Although all these symptoms can indicate a problem with the prostate they could also be linked to a number of other conditions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult your GP immediately.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer a number of treatment options will be available to you. One of these is LDR brachytherapy. This is a targeted form of internal radiotherapy, where radioactive seeds are placed within the prostate. This effective, minimally invasive procedure offers significant quality of life benefits over alternative treatments such as surgery.