Prostate Cancer & Treatment Options – Is Robotic Surgery Right For Me?

Prostate cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer among men. The widespread use of the prostate specific antigen test (PSA) in recent years has resulted in dramatic increases in the number of men diagnosed at both a younger age and at an earlier stage of the disease. Consequently, the number of men seeking treatment for localized prostate cancer has also increased, suggesting that more men are living with the disease rather than dying from the disease. Evidence to date has yet to show a clear survival advantage for any given treatment of early-stage or localized prostate cancer. While potentially curative, existing treatments can have side-effects that can impact quality of life among prostate cancer survivors.

Treatment options for men with prostate cancer can be a tedious and often frustrating time for men. Friends will always offer advice and support. In addition, the Internet continues to serve as an unregulated source of information, but one that serves as a quick and accessible source of information. Today, options for men with localized disease (disease confined to the prostate) include:

Surgery

  • Conventional Open Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Radical Perineal Prostatectomy
  • Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy
  • Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Radiation therapy

  • Three-dimensional Conformal Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Proton Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Interstitial Brachytherapy (Seeds)

Watchful Waiting or Expectant Management

Other Therapies

  • Cryoablation or Cryosurgery
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU, not available in the United States)

Men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer need to consider their options carefully with a Urologist. In addition, a multidisciplinary approach employing the expertise of a Urologist, Radiation Oncologist and your Primary Care Physician is encouraged. Practitioners will often take your age and general health into consideration before making a decision about treatment. Inherent in the decision-making process are the much feared side effects and how they may affect your life. Incontinence and impotence are among the two greatest life-altering side effects that can occur with all the various treatment options.

Without a doubt, treatment decisions are difficult to make and require the input of your spouse, your Family Practitioner and your Urologist at a minimum. Speaking with others about treatment can also be helpful. Please go to the Patient Experiences (hyperlink) area on this website to see some of the experiences of patients who have undergone robotic radical prostate surgery.

 

For more information about robotic surgery, call 1-877-250-STJO.