Prostatectomy - Surgery vs. Radiation
Prostate cancer surgery vs. radiation is an important consideration. You and your doctor will consider factors such as age, location of the tumor, tumor size, and side effects as you decide on the best plan of care for you. Watch this video to learn more.
As one of the most common cancers, prostate cancer is increasingly prevalent in the United States. It is estimated that one in seven men will be diagnosed in their lifetime, with six in ten cases found in men over 65 years of age.
The Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital is nationally recognized for quality and patient satisfaction.
While removal cannot fully prevent cancer from returning, it can greatly increase chances of survival, slowing future growth and preventing cancer from metastasizing to other parts of the body.
If a tumor is isolated and accessible, NWH doctors will generally choose to perform surgery to remove it. This is most likely to occur in cases that are caught early, before a tumor has had a chance to grow or spread. Minimally invasive surgery and surgery performed with the assistance of a robotic device called the da Vinci Robot can reduce recovery time and facilitate quicker return to normal routines of live.
Not all tumors are removed surgically. This is especially true in those with large tumors that cannot be operated on safely, or tumors that started in the prostate and metastasized elsewhere in the body.
When tumors cannot be removed through surgery, radiation treatment may be used. Radiation employs high-energy waves or particles to target and destroy cancer cells, like x-rays, gamma rays, protons, and electron beams. This process is non-invasive. In many cases, radiation can be very effective, shrinking or eliminating tumors in order to prevent against future growth and spread. In some cases, radiation will be used on surgical patients as well.
Prostate Cancer Treatment at NWH
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, our cancer specialists will work with you to design a treatment path that is right for you. If you are a candidate for surgery, robotic-assisted surgery may be performed to remove your tumor safely and effectively with a low risk for complications.
If you would like to discuss your treatment options for prostate cancer, surgery vs. radiation, schedule surgery or radiation, or meet with a member of our cancer team, please call 914-666-1200 or schedule a consultation online.