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Options For Your Prostate Cancer Treatments

Many options are available for you if you have prostate cancer, but you must understand that there is no specific cancer treatment to date that is exclusively individualized to your specific situation. Once you are diagnosed with the disease, your physician will talk with you about what particular treatment application is best suited for your case. Your health, stage of the cancer, and whether the cancer has spread will generally influence the type of treatment you receive.

Surgical Procedures

If surgery is indicated, you will have two types of surgical options. One is a procedure during which a large incision is made by the surgeon, and your entire prostate gland is excised. The second option involves the use of a robotic-assisted arm that is fitted with surgical instruments that your surgeon guides during the operation. The operation will be done laparoscopicly, and there will be minimal incisions. The surgeon will consult with a computer that gives a full view of the entire procedure.

Radiation Therapy

If your prostate cancer is controlled and localized in the prostate gland or the surrounding area, you may receive only radiation therapy. If your cancer is also in its early stage, you have the option of either having surgery or radiation with the prognosis of having similar outcomes. On the other hand, if your tumors are large and considerably aggressive, you could be treated dually with radiation and hormone therapy. 

Proton Therapy

Proton therapy treats prostate cancer with high doses of protons that are more accurate, and potentially more effective, than traditional radiation. Proton therapy is noted for its accuracy and potential effectiveness in treating prostate cancer when compared to traditional radiation. One study conducted on prostate cancer patients in Florida reportedly resulted in a high satisfaction rating for quality of the procedure. Experts maintain that proton creates less damage to healthy tissue when entering your body, and the procedure focuses its energy on your tumor site. It destroys the tumor and leaves you healthy and well following the procedure.

Proton is also said to produce low incidences of side effects including incontinence, fatigue and impotence. You can continue to conduct your job responsibilities and essentially live a normal life with normal activities following proton treatment. Experts say that because proton therapy offers powerful radiation dosages, you may actually need fewer treatment sessions. They emphasize that the higher doses given in proton therapy improve your chances for successful outcomes as your tumors are treated. Proton is said to be so effective that you will see the effects as you recover from the procedure.

Proton therapy delivers powerful and precise doses of radiation to accurately and effectively target prostate cancer cells.They also claim that proton therapy delivers higher doses of radiation to the tumor. These higher doses improve overall chances for success.

For more information about prostate cancer treatment, contact a professional like those at Unity Urology PC.