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 101.