Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer

There is a fear in choosing which treatment is best for you and a misconception about one’s options. Depending on the stage of the cancer, the following are some of the options:

  • Prostatectomy: Surgery to remove the prostate.

  • External-Beam radiation: beamed at the tumors from outside the body.

  • Brachytherapy: implanting permanent radioactive “seeds” in the prostate.

  • Hormonal ablation: hormone therapy to slow the cancer growth by curbing testosterone.

  • Cryotherapy: Freezing cancer cells with liquid nitrogen.

  • Watchful waiting: Monitoring the cancer without immediate medical treatment may depend on age and fitness of the patient.

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