If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you’re probably curious about what treatment is best for you. You might also be feeling a little overwhelmed with the medical jargon you may be hearing. Ablation, prostatectomy, brachytherapy…what does it all mean and what treatment is the most effective?
Generally speaking, many patients with prostate cancer undergo surgery to remove tumors or the entire prostate. Surgery may also be performed with radiation therapy to eliminate cancer cells. In other cases, men with early-stage cancer may opt for an “active surveillance” approach. Still, only a cancer specialist can determine what course of prostate cancer treatment is best for your specific case. If you have any questions about what option is most effective for you, be sure to discuss them with your physician.
Moffitt Cancer Center’s multispecialty treatment approach
If you are searching for a prostate cancer specialist who can provide the expert guidance you need, consider visiting Moffitt Cancer Center. Standing at the forefront of treatment and clinical research, Moffitt features a Urologic Oncology Program that is led by physicians from multiple specialties, including urology, radiation oncology, uropathology, medical oncology and more. Working together, our specialists – who focus exclusively on prostate cancer – carefully develop treatment plans to best address each patient’s unique cancer and health situation, and to ensure men have the education they need to make confident decisions about their health.
Prostate cancer treatment plans can vary considerably from patient to patient. In general, however, many plans include:
- Minimally invasive or robotic-assisted surgery – to remove growths or the prostate with minimal discomfort
- Internal or external radiation therapy – to target very specific locations within the prostate
- Chemotherapy – to address cancer cells that have spread beyond the prostate
Some patients may also be eligible to participate in Moffitt’s ambitious clinical trials program, which allows patients to experience the latest breakthroughs in treatment before they are made widely available.
If you’d like to discuss your prostate cancer treatment options with a physician at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. A referral is not required to visit Moffitt.