Prostate cancer survival rate is the chances that any cancer affected patient has to survive the disease for any period of time. The rates do not indicate definitely, what is going to happen to the patient. The best that can be done is predicted what could happen in the near future. This is done, based on previous instances which are similar. This is useful when the patient or the members of the patient’s family have to choose which mode of treatment to go for. They get a clear picture and know what they should expect. Sometimes, if operation or any treatment is not feasible, they can opt for the medicines which relieve pain, like sedatives.
Generally, men who are more than 50 years old are affected by this disease. Many men suffer from over growth of the prostate gland tissues as they grow old. Mostly, those tissues are benign but in some cases, they contain cancerous cells which are abnormal and lead to cancer of the prostate gland. This disease can stay undetected, in its benign state, for years. The most common and obvious symptoms are erectile dysfunction and difficulty in urinating.
Patients who have surgery tend to stay alive for at least 10 more years than those who go for alternative treatments. This holds true especially in case of the younger patients and for those patients who run have the characteristics of developing a tumor.
Survival rate of prostate cancer is much higher than most other forms of cancer. A recent study has revealed that in the United States of America, only three per cent of the patients succumb to prostate cancer. The survival rate of five years is hundred per cent in the U.S. The ten year and fifteen year survival rates are slightly lower.
In most cases, the Gleason system is followed. It follows the principle of grading, allotted from one to ten. It depends on the degree to which the cancerous tissue cells resemble those in the prostate tissue which is normal. If the score is between 2 to 4, it is considered to be low grade. 5 to 7 is the middle range and 8 to 10 is the high grade. The higher the grade, the more probability there is, of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body. Very few men survive in cases where the prostatic capsule has been breached. However, prostate cancer spreads very slowly and is absolutely treatable.