The Faceless Killer: Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a faceless killer, the most common non-dermal malignancy harming men and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in North America.
Prostate cancer does not normally cause symptoms until the cancer has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra, causing pain.
Resulting pressure causes pain associated with urination. Symptoms can include:
- Needing to urinate frequently, often during the night
- Needing to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty in starting to pee (hesitancy)
- Straining or taking an abnormally long time while urinating
- Weak flow
- Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
Most men's prostates get larger as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition known as prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Symptoms that the cancer may have spread include bone and back pain, a loss of appetite, pain in the testicles and unexplained weight loss.
The incidence of prostate cancer increases dramatically with age. However, many health authorities advocate the cessation of routine prostate cancer testing in men older than 75 because of the belief that most patients will have a clinically insignificant cancer and will not benefit from therapy.
The true prevalence of clinically significant prostate cancer in elderly men is not known. However, prostate cancer can happen to anyone at any age.
Colt Wilson is three years old, proudly plays with girls and stuffed animals until you cross him.
The three-and-a-half foot tall Texan is a 34-pounder that hits like his idol, J.J. Watt, family said.
“He’s tiny,” said Cortni Wilson, Colt’s mother. “He’s little, and he beats up on his older brother and doesn’t let anybody run all over him.”
Colt also just rang the final bell on cancer, too. He told KHOU 11 News it felt “wow,” because “I’m done with chemo.”
However, when you look at photos snapped of the moment, there are more than smiles and a few tears.
“Hearing that sound (of the end of treatment bell ringing at Texas Children’s Hospital) was the biggest relief as a mom to know that (Colt) had made it that far,” said Cortni Wilson. “It’s still a long road but the biggest hurdle was won.”
One month after Colt’s third birthday party, doctors discovered a tumor with Rhabdomyosarcoma. The cancer spread into his prostate. Colt’s condition is rare.
“He is one of five children in the United States right now that has it in his bladder and prostate,” said Cortni Wilson.
Her son survived 12 and a half weeks of chemotherapy and 28 consecutive days of radiation targeting Colt’s prostate.
Much of the process can be seen through Sherina Welch’s camera lens on Facebook. Her “More Than 4 Photo Project” documents six families fighting childhood cancer and shines light on research funding disparities. A photo of the Wilsons went viral.
“I think it’s just empowering because it’s helping these families feel like they’re not alone,” said Welch.
The Wilsons savor the moments Welch captured as Colt finished treatment.
“I was just overcome with emotion and proud of him for never giving up,” said Preston Wilson, Colt’s dad.
It seems their little fighter is inspiring his family to battle, too.
“It’s made me want to fight for more and more kids so that one day (researchers) know what caused (this cancer),” said Cortni Wilson. “One day they (will) know they can save every kid who has this.”
Colt has to complete three-month scans, but hopes to ring the end of treatment bell once more when he defeats cancer.
At Natural Horizons Wellness Centers, we help heal patients with our alternative cancer treatment center located in Fairfax Virginia. We believe that effective cancer treatment involves more than addressing symptoms and tumors; we believe that physicians must also detect and eliminate the underlying cause(s) in order to better achieve a non-recurrent outcome.
Assessing each cause of a patient’s cancer, genetic or environmental, and eliminating each cause will make the body’s systems and biochemistry stronger and more effective at fighting the cancer and future cancers.
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