At the Beaumont Cancer Institute, most treatment procedures for prostate cancer are performed with surgery or radiation. Few studies exist comparing treatments for different stages of prostate cancer. Fortunately, for most cancer stages, different therapies have achieved similar results. The high quality of prostate cancer care at Beaumont is reflected in survival rates that exceed the national average.
Surgical prostate cancer specialists at Beaumont have concentrated on improving quality of life while reducing short- and long-term complications. For example, the use of robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy has increased dramatically. This precise surgical treatment for prostate cancer removes cancerous tissue while minimizing disruption to surrounding tissue. Since 2007, extreme cold (cryoablation) has been used to destroy cancerous tissues in select cases.
Beaumont's prostate cancer specialists can customize a treatment plan by drawing on the multiple therapies available at Beaumont. They will consider:
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The following are some of the different surgical options used to treat prostate cancer:
Surgery for prostate cancer generally requires a stay in the hospital. The length of the hospital stay will depend on the type of procedure performed. A urinary catheter will be inserted into the bladder during surgery, and will be kept in place for a period of time afterwards, often for one to two weeks.
Long-term, serious side effects are somewhat less common now than in the past, as new surgical methods continue to be introduced. New, nerve-sparing surgical procedures may prevent permanent injury to the nerves that control erection, and damage to the opening of the bladder. However, possible complications and side effects of prostate cancer surgery still exist. Recent research shows that having an experienced surgeon leads to a better outcome for patients. Be sure to discuss the following with your physician before a surgical procedure:
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