Prostate cancer

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What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor involving the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is generally slow growing and often does not show signs or symptoms in early stages. It is seen more often in men over the age of 50

Common symptoms reported by people with prostate cancer

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with prostate cancer

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
14
Tried for
prostate cancer (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
14
Tried for
prostate cancer (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Lupron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
prostate cancer (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Casodex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
prostate cancer (8)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
prostate cancer (4)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4
Tried for
prostate cancer (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Taxotere)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
prostate cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zytiga)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
prostate cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with prostate cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with prostate cancer

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
erectile dysfunction Hospitalization 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
prostate cancer (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Intensity-Modulated Radiation)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty urinating (dysuria) bowel problems 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
prostate cancer (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Lupron)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) hot flashes 5 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
prostate cancer (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Casodex)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (9 evaluations)
Side effects
hot flashes diarrhea 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
prostate cancer (8)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
prostate cancer (4)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
prostate cancer (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Taxotere)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (3 evaluations)
Side effects
intestinal cramps nausea
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
prostate cancer (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zytiga)
Perceived effectiveness
for prostate cancer (2 evaluations)
Side effects
hot flashes lethargy 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
prostate cancer (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with prostate cancer, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has prostate cancer on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 14
30s 39
40s 58
50s 160
60s 420
70+ 360
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 3
30-39 years 7
40-49 years 20
50-59 years 78
60-69 years 51
70+ years 18

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,017
Female 47

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 742
Not Diagnosed 49

These charts show data from prostate cancer patients who have completed their condition history
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