Your treatment options will depend on the stage of your prostate cancer, the risk of the cancerous cells spreading, and the type of diagnosis you received.
For men with early stage prostate cancer which is deemed low risk Active Surveillance is a successful strategy where the cancer is monitored and treatment is avoided. For those with somewhat higher risk cancer, focal therapy is usually the preferred course of treatment from The Prostate Experts. Focal therapy broadly relates to the treatment of a part of the prostate, usually through a process called High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound, or HIFU. This involves blasting the area of the prostate that has cancerous cells with a form of intense heat. The aim of this treatment is to treat only the part of the prostate gland that contains cancer, thus sparing the gland and having a much higher chance of preventing many of the side effects associated with more radical treatment, such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Alternatively, for men with high risk cancer that has spread to multiple areas in the prostate gland, surgery can be recommended. There are several steps in the surgery, otherwise known as a radical prostatectomy, that are tricky to carry out. Advances in technology have given surgeons the option to use robots for surgery, known as a robotic laparoscopy. The robot makes these steps much easier and consistent, meaning men can expect to have far fewer side effects than they would have had before.
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