Prostate Cancer Treatment at Via Christi Health

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Choose a Treatment That's Best for You
We offer almost every surgical and radiation treatment option available in America today for both prostate cancer and noncancerous prostate conditions. Your treatment will depend on what kind of cancer cells you have, how far they have spread, your age and general health and your preferences.

You'll meet with a surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist and others on your health care team. This team works together to develop the best prostate cancer treatment options for your situation. Our outcomes for treating prostate cancer, incontinence and impotence are among the best in the country.

In addition to being caregivers, our doctors are leaders in research. They provide you with first access to the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.

You and your doctor may decide to treat your cancer in one or a combination of these ways:

Hormone Therapy
Your doctor may combine surgery or radiation with hormone therapy. Taking certain medications by mouth can help shrink the tumor and slow its growth.

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses high-dose X-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. It can be internal or external. You may receive radiation, like an X-ray, from outside the body. Or, the doctor may place radioactive material inside your body, near the cancer site. Radiation therapy is typically done Monday through Friday as directed by the radiation oncologist.

Your doctor may think it's best to remove your prostate gland. Before removing the prostate, the surgeon may remove some lymph nodes. Our treatments for prostate cancer include the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. This system allows us to perform minimally invasive, extremely precise nerve-sparing operations. It may result in more complete removal of the cancer. It also can help retain bladder control and potency for certain patients.

Watchful Waiting
If the cancer has not spread and you are around age 70 or older, you may be able to wait and watch to see what happens. During watchful waiting, you will have regular checkups with your doctor to see if your cancer has changed.





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