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    Surgical Treatment of Prostate Cancer Offered at the University of Chicago

     

    Treatment Options for Primary (Newly-diagnosed) Prostate Cancer
    Radical Prostatectomy

    • This involves removal of the prostate, the adjoining seminal vesicles, and, often, the surrounding lymph nodes.
    • At the University of Chicago, radical prostatectomies are performed in a robotic assisted laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) manner.
    • Every attempt is made to spare the nerves that enable sexual function. Nerver preservation is something that you will discuss with the physician to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.
    • For men with locally-advanced, high risk, or aggressive cancers, we offer a variety of treatments that can be given in addition to surgery.


    Brachytherapy and Radiotherapy

    • This involves the use of precisely targeted radiation to destroy prostate cancer tissue.
    • Men undergoing external beam radiation therapy undergo approximately 42 treatments lasting 15 minutes each, in which a beam of radiation is focused with exquisite accuracy on the prostate with the intent to destroy prostate cancer cells.
    • Men undergoing brachytherapy (seed implant radiation therapy) undergo a 2 hour outpatient operation in which radioactive seeds are placed through the perineum under ultrasound guidance into the prostate. The seeds remain active for several months during which time they emit a focused dose of radiation with the intent to destroy prostate cancer cells.

     

    Treatment Options for Recurrent Prostate Cancer after Radiotherapy
    Salvage Prostatectomy

    • This involves removal of the prostate, the adjoining seminal vesicles, and, often, the surrounding lymph nodes.
    • At the University of Chicago, salvage prostatectomies are performed in an open manner.
    • Every attempt is made to spare the nerves that enable sexual function and preserve continence, this is quite difficult in the salvage procedure.


    Surgeons at the University of Chicago are trained in the most up-to-date and technologically-advanced methods of treating prostate cancers. At your appointment, your surgeon will be glad to discuss all of these treatment options with you, as well as any applicable clinical trial or experimental therapies.