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Prostate Cancer Treatment – From Watchful Waiting to Prostatectomy

Depending on several factors, prostate cancer treatment options can range from “watchful waiting” (monitoring of the tumor) to radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland). Determining factors may include age and general health of the patient, stage and grade of the cancer, physical symptoms and an evaluation of the side effects associated with the different procedures, among others.

Radiation therapy, Cryotherapy, and Hormone therapy are several other possible prostate cancer treatment options. Since each alternative offers potential benefits and risks, it is critical to consider all aspects before making this important decision. Keep in mind that recommendation for prostatectomy is positive because it means that the cancer was caught early and that complete recovery is possible.

We have outlined many of the available treatment options in our video series Prostate Cancer 101.

Consider Robotic Prostatectomy - the Latest in Prostate Cancer Treatment

When surgery is recommended for cancer control, there is a revolutionary new procedure to consider – da Vinci® robotic prostatectomy. Compared to traditional surgical prostate cancer treatments, radical robotic prostatectomy offers many improved benefits. These may include:

  • Less blood loss and scarring than with open surgery
  • Fewer complications, including less risk of infection
  • Reduced pain - less narcotics
  • Shorter hospitalization
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Reduced risk of incontinence and impotence

At Florida Hospital, we are sensitive to the needs of men and their families who are dealing with prostate cancer. Treatment options, in our opinion, must afford the best opportunity for a full recovery. We have assembled a leading prostatectomy team and the most advanced technology in Florida’s premier healthcare facility to ensure we can provide optimum care.

When considering surgical prostate cancer treatments, please discuss the option of robotic prostatectomy with our knowledgeable staff. If you have any additional questions about prostate cancer or robotic prostatectomy, contact us today.