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Questions and Answers 1. What is prostate cancer and how dangerous is it? Prostate cancer is unique to men. The disease is more prevalent at older ages. Early detection of the disease allows for full recovery, and in other situations, there are still various treatments which delay the spread of the disease for many years. 2. What is the common medical treatment? How long does it last and can full recovery be made? The two most common treatments are surgery to remove the prostate or various radiation treatments. The surgery lasts a number of hours and the recovery process takes between two to three weeks. With both treatments, total recovery is possible depending on the stage at which the growth is detected. 3. What are the short-term implications of treatment? Mid-term? Long-term? During and after the surgery, there can be side effects common to all surgeries conducted with anesthesia and after it. Occasionally there is certain harm to the organs near the prostate – including the bladder, the digestive track and proximate nerves. During the two or three weeks after surgery, there will be limited urine output, slight pain and occasional bleeding. At the same time, there is no limitation to daily functioning. In the long-term, there is generally complete recovery. 4. At any stage of treatment, in your estimation, will the Prime Minister be in a position where he is temporarily unable to fulfill his duties? Yes, during the surgery, which is expected to take three hours, and while he is recovering from the anesthesia – approximately four or five hours. 5. Why is the Prime Minister not being treated immediately? Following a biopsy, a number of weeks must pass before the surgery. The biopsy was carried out only ten days ago (and the results were given 5 days ago). 6. How much does early detection improve the patient’s status? In this case, early detection prevents the progress and spread of the growth and allows for treatment which will lead to complete recovery.
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