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Is Radiation Therapy Better Than Surgery for Prostate Cancer?

Radiation therapy and surgery are both commonly used to treat prostate cancer. You may be curious about which method is best for your case, but this question can only be answered by your physician. Prostate cancer treatment isn’t “one-size-fits-all” — your ideal course of treatment will vary according to your age, overall health and whether or not the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.

With this said, many prostate cancer treatment plans include a combination of surgery to remove cancerous tissues and radiation therapy to eliminate any remaining cancer cells. In other cases, patients whose cancer has not spread beyond the prostate and does not cause symptoms may only require a “wait-and-see” approach, although surgery may be performed as a preventive measure.

Prostate cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center

At Moffitt Cancer Center, the physicians within our Urologic Oncology Program collaborate to create individualized, multispecialty treatment plans according to each patient’s unique health situation. Patients at Moffitt benefit from the latest advancements in prostate cancer surgery, radiation therapy and other treatment approaches like chemotherapy and clinical trials. 

In cases where prostate cancer surgery is appropriate, Moffitt surgeons use minimally invasive techniques and robotic-assisted technology to achieve optimal results for our patients with minimal discomfort. Patients who require radiation therapy also have access to leading-edge treatments, including image-guided radiation therapy and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy that delivers high-energy X-rays with pinpoint accuracy.  What’s more, Moffitt is an American College of Radiology-accredited center – a distinction that speaks directly to the high level of our medical technology and expertise of our specialists.

Contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online if you’d like to speak with a physician about what prostate cancer treatment options are best for you. We welcome patients with or without referrals.