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Prostate Cancer Surgery and Care for Patients from West Palm Beach, FL
Prostate cancer surgery may be recommended to remove the prostate if the cancer is believed to be confined within the gland. Sometimes, nearby lymph nodes are also removed during the procedure in order to allow for further testing. Prostate cancer patients from West Palm Beach, Florida, can consult with the expert cancer team at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to receive advice, explore treatment options or request second opinions, and no referrals are ever needed. Recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt continues to gain ground in the fight against cancer. Our multispecialty team meets weekly as a tumor board to evaluate key factors of each patient’s case, such as the size, grade and location of tumors, and to collaboratively determine the best course of treatment for a patient’s unique situation.
If a patient is advised to consider prostate cancer surgery, our specialists will explain the various approaches. In certain cases, cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation can effectively destroy the cancer cells through the targeted application of heat. If the surgical removal of the prostate gland is recommended, there are two general techniques used by surgeons:
- Laparoscopic approaches – A surgeon creates several small incisions through which a small lighted viewing instrument (laparoscope) and other specially designed surgical instruments are inserted to remove the prostate. The specially trained surgeons at Moffitt can perform this procedure using a robotic interface that facilitates a high level of surgical precision.
- Open approaches – A surgeon removes the prostate gland, nearby tissues and lymph nodes through a single, long incision in the lower abdomen (radical retropubic prostatectomy). Alternatively, a surgeon removes the prostate alone through an incision in the perineum (radical perineal prostatectomy).
In addition to offering comprehensive cancer care in a single location, including the latest advances in prostate cancer surgery, Moffitt provides its patients with a full range of supportive services. Many patients come to us from the West Palm area, elsewhere in Florida and out of state, and we understand that having to spend time away from home can be difficult. That’s why we are available to help our out-of-town patients find accommodations for the time they will be receiving treatment at Moffitt.