Prostate Cancer Treatment
If you’ve received a prostate cancer diagnosis, you may wonder which prostate cancer treatment options are available to you. The oncology team at Englewood Health plans your treatment based on your unique medical history, symptoms, and stage of the prostate cancer.
Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend one or several treatments to best manage prostate cancer. Your treatment options may include:
- Active surveillance: In some cases, doctors take this monitoring approach to prostate cancer since it’s usually slow growing. During this time, you may not require treatment. Instead, your doctor may choose to monitor your condition closely with frequent visits and blood tests. If your test results change, your doctor may recommend further treatment.
- Surgery: You may be a candidate for prostate cancer surgery if the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate. A prostatectomy is the removal of the entire prostate. Whenever possible, Englewood Health urologic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, including robotic surgery, to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible during your operation and enhance recovery. Minimally invasive surgery uses small incisions to access the prostate and perform the surgery. This type of surgery may help reduce complications and pain while improving your recovery time.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses certain medications, called anti-cancer drugs, to attack prostate cancer cells. Doctors often recommend chemotherapy only when prostate cancer cells spread outside the prostate.
- Radiation therapy: Generally, doctors use two types of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The first is external beam radiation therapy, such as stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), which delivers a precise dose of radiation directly to the prostate using a machine outside your body. Alternatively, your doctor may recommend brachytherapy. With this treatment, doctors implant a small radioactive seed inside the prostate to deliver a consistent dose of radiation over time.
- Hormone therapy: In some men, male hormones, called androgens, stimulate the growth of new prostate cancer cells. Hormone therapy reduces androgen levels using certain medications.
You may experience a range of emotions, such as anger, fear, and worry, during your prostate cancer treatment experience. Our patient support programs help people living with all types of cancer better navigate their treatment. We help you get the support you need to stay strong.