• Treatments for Prostate Cancer

    One in six men in the United States will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, making this cancer second in prevalence only to skin cancer. Lahey urologists have led the way in developing open and minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, drastically improving quality of life for those who undergo treatment for the disease.

    Surgical Treatment of Prostate Cancer

    The DaVinci System provides urologic surgeons like Andrea Sorcini, MD, a 3D view of the surgical site. It also improves dexterity by allowing 360-degree rotation of surgical tools.Urologists at the Prostate Center perform surgeries using open, traditional laparoscopic and robot-assisted laparoscopic techniques. Among the treatments offered are radical prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate, and pelvic lymph node dissection, whereby the regional lymph nodes of the prostate are removed.

    Lahey surgeons have worked to modify open and laparoscopic procedures and combine techniques in order to better preserve tissues that are critical to continence and sexual function.

    Patients with cancers that have not spread beyond the prostate may be candidates for "nerve-sparing" prostatectomy, whereby the prostate gland is removed without disturbing the nerve bundles that are responsible for sexual function.

    Medical Treatments for Prostate Cancer

    Prostate Center physicians work together with patients in a clinical environment to decide whether one of the following options might be an alternative to or used in conjunction with surgery:

    • Brachytherapy (radioactive seed implants)
    • High-dose rate brachytherapy
      • I125 brachtherapy
       
    • Hormone therapy
    • Medical management (i.e., "watchful waiting")
    • External beam radiation therapy
    • Transurethral needle ablation
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  • 2009 Prostate Cancer Report

    Learn more about the patient-centered, high-quality approach to prostate cancer care provided to patients diagnosed and treated at Lahey Clinic.