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Prostate Cancer - Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the second commonest cause of cancer related death in Australian males. More than any other disease, prostate cancer goes to the heart of masculinity. It can behave differently according to the aggressiveness of the cancer, the age of the patient it is diagnosed in. for this reason there are many treamnet options for patients with prostate cancer. All treatments – surgery, radiation or hormonal carry the threat of impotence and may also cause urinary incontinence or bowel problems.

We know that experience and expertise are directly related to better treatment outcomes. Surgeon expertise and experience plays a crucial role in prostate cancer patients’ medical outcomes.\men who undergo prostate surgery at the hands of an experienced urologist benefit from improved clinical outcomes.

Radical prostatectomy is an operation designed to remove the entire prostate, in patients with cancer that has not spread outside the prostate nor to any other part of the body. It should not be confused with a “trans-urethral resection of the prostate TURP” which is an operation performed with a telescope through the urethra to remove only the central part of the prostate and relieve obstruction to urinary flow.

Radical prostatectomy can be performed 2 ways:

  • Traditional open operation (incision between belly button and pubic bone or between the anus and scrotum)

  • Laparoscopic (Keyhole) surgery – with or without robotic assistance.

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