Exploring the Treatment Options Available for Prostate Cancer
Although prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in men, it grows slowly and can usually be treated effectively with early detection. Below is an overview of the different treatment options for prostate cancer available here at MountainView Hospital .
A surgeon can remove the prostate gland itself (prostatectomy) to prevent the spread of cancer cells. da Vinci prostatectomy allows surgeons to perform the entire procedure through several keyhole-sized incisions with greater precision than traditional open surgery. Studies show that it reduces the risk of complications and offers better cancer control, better chance for return of urinary continence, and faster return of erectile function. This procedure is currently one of the most common treatments for prostate cancer in the U.S.
The prostate requires male hormones, known as androgens, to function normally. Hormonal therapies are typically used to reduce androgen levels via medication or surgical removal of the testes (orchiectomy) if the cancer has spread or returned after other treatments. There are various hormonal therapy products available for treatment, though patients may suffer from various side effects.
Chemotherapy uses specialized drugs to kill cancer cells and prevent the growth of new ones; however, it also destroys healthy cells, which is why it has a number of major side effects. Although chemotherapy is a common treatment for various types of cancer, it is typically not standard for prostate cancer unless other treatments prove ineffective.
The best way to protect your health and prevent prostate cancer is by having regular screenings with an experienced doctor. We here at MountainView Hospital are committed to providing the highest standard of medical care in the Las Vegas area.
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