There is no “one size fits all” treatment for prostate cancer. You should learn as much as possible about the many treatment options available and, in conjunction with your physicians, make a decision about what’s best for you. Because men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer today may live for many years, any decision made now will probably reverberate for a long time.
Your decision-making process will likely include a combination of clinical and psychological factors, including:
- The need for therapy
- Your level of risk
- Your personal circumstances
- Your desire for a certain therapy based on risks, benefits, and your intuition
Consultation with all three types of prostate cancer specialists—a urologist, a radiation oncologist, and a medical oncologist—will give you the most comprehensive assessment of the available treatments and expected outcomes. Many hospitals and universities have multidisciplinary prostate cancer clinics that can provide this three-part consultation service.
Important to Note
There is still some uncertainty about the exact right therapies for many men, and whether some even need immediate therapy. Clinical trials are being conducted to address these questions for future generations.
- Active Surveillance (read more here)
- Prostatectomy (read more here)
- Other Treatment Options (learn more here)
- Emerging Therapies (learn more here)
FDA Approved Drugs
For a list of FDA drugs approved to treat prostate cancer, please see here.
What is Active Surveillance?
The concept of active surveillance, or watchful waiting, has emerged in recent years as an excellent option for men who decide not to undergo immediate surgery.
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Radical Prostatectomy (Surgery)
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