Prostate cancer treatments may affect your quality of life. Know your options.
Prostate cancer affects one in nine U.S. men. While a cancer diagnosis can be scary, prostate cancer has high survivor rates, especially when it is caught and treated early. For many prostate cancer patients, the treatment decision is less about choosing a life-saving option and more about protecting their quality of life after treatment. Certain treatments may cause side effects like frequent urination, pelvic pain or erectile dysfunction. That’s why it is important to turn to oncologists with expertise in diagnosing and treating the disease, so they can help you make informed decisions about your care.
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), our cancer hospitals treat prostate cancer with sophisticated tools like 4-D radiation therapy, hormone therapy and immunotherapy. The prostate cancer experts at CTCA® recommend a treatment plan specific to your type of cancer and individual needs. All members of each patient’s care team work together under one roof, treating the cancer while also helping patients manage side effects that may impact bowel, urinary and sexual function.
Treatment options vary widely depending on various factors, including the stage, type and progression of the disease. Our prostate cancer experts are trained and experienced in available treatments, and they stay up to date on new and emerging options and technologies. The most common treatments for prostate cancer include:
Active surveillance, sometimes called watchful waiting, may be an option for some early-stage prostate cancer patients.
Chemotherapy is most often recommended for recurrent or advanced-stage prostate cancer patients.
Hormone therapy may be used in treatment to stop testosterone from fueling tumor growth.
Immunotherapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such as radiation therapy and hormone therapy.
Radiation therapy options such as brachytherapy, external beam radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery may be an option for some patients.
Surgical treatments for prostate cancer are designed to remove the tumor, either through open surgery or robotic surgery.