Prostate cancer treatments
When it comes to choosing a treatment option, you may find yourself in a dilemma – because no single treatment has been proved beyond doubt to be superior, long-term, to any other. This means that you should explore all possibilities, weigh up the pros and cons, and then, with the help of your urologist, decide on the treatment and the specialist you feel most comfortable with.
Not every treatment is suitable at every stage of the disease. For example, surgery to remove the prostate would not be appropriate if the cancer is shown on MRI or bone scan to have spread to other parts of the body.
It is important to find a specialist who has a great deal of experience, whichever route you decide to follow.
At The Prostate Centre we do not offer every treatment that is available. That’s because we focus on what we do best, and know who best to refer you to if you wish to explore other options – in London, elsewhere in the UK, or internationally.
Our surgeons specialise in robotic prostatectomy (prostate removal), using laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery with the latest da Vinci robot technology. Our oncologists can offer conformal radiother apy, low-dose and high-dose brachytherapy, CyberKnife and hormone therapy or chemotherapy.
All of us can give you a candid and comprehensive overview of possible treatment options, but do not offer the less commonly performed procedures such as cryotherapy and high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). These technologies have their champions and we would encourage you to talk to the specialists who have been pursuing their development.
We often find patients come to us for a second opinion; on the other hand we are quite happy if you consult with us and then decide to have your treatment elsewhere. We are equally pleased if you then return to us for follow-up and continuing care! The most important thing is for you to feel you have made the right choice.
To help you decide whether to come to us, you’ll find here a brief explanation of the treatments we offer, which of us performs them and who they are suitable for. Please come and see us if you think we can help.