Prostate Cancer and Treatment
Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Fortunately, advanced technologies and research are leading to the rise in prostate cancer detection and better treatment, which means more men are able to restore their health and active lifestyle after treatment.
While most men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, physicians can find prostate cancer during a regular checkup, using a combination of a blood test called a PSA and a digital rectal exam (DRE).
Covenant HealthCare offers a range of treatment options for early diagnosis of prostate cancer:
- Brachytherapy therapy
- Conservative management
- Radiation therapy with external bream
Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease, your age and health or personal preference. However, the best option for men less than 70 years old with early-stage, organ-confined cancer is surgical removal of the prostate – a procedure known as prostatectomy.
Choose the procedure that’s right for you:
Traditional open surgery – This procedure uses an 8-10 inch incision to access the prostate. This approach can result in substantial blood loss, a lengthy uncomfortable recovery and a risk of impotence and incontinence.
Conventional laparoscopy – This procedure uses a surgical camera and rigid instruments to access and remove the prostate using a series of small incisions. This approach provides patients the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure.
da Vinci ® Prostatectomy – This procedure uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies for a delicate surgery. To learn more about surgery with the da Vinci ® Surgical System, click here.
For more information about prostate cancer and treatment options at Covenant HealthCare, call 989.583.6278.