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Quality of life

What about quality of life in the prostate care management?

Therapeutic advances and improvement in prostate conditions management have recently placed quality of life at the heart of patients' decision. Quality of life is akin to a person's judgment on his life and his psychic equilibrium. It is therefore a very subjective concept that makes its assessment difficult. Therapeutic advances, the willingness to involve patients in decisions about themselves, or rationalization of healthcare expenditure may explain why health-related measures of quality of life have been developed in recent years alongside morbidity and mortality indices.

HIFU prostate tissue ablation procedure is designed to preserve quality of life

Prostate care treatments can alter patients' quality of life in terms of pelvic comfort, urinary continence, sexuality and values. Today's treatment options are not only about curing or prolonging life: they also aim at reducing the comorbidities of the disease and the side effects of treatments, to fight against possible sequelaes. HIFU treatment is also a perfect alternative to active monitoring and radical treatment by surgery or radiotherapy. Being effective in a minimally invasive manner, it preserves the quality of life of patients by removing the psychological stress that active surveillance can represent for the patient.

 

 

Last update 14 February 2017. 

 

  • Glossary
  • Prostate
    Gland in the male genital system that plays a role in semen production.
  • Side effect
    Generally adverse secondary consequence of a treatment.
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