September 17th, 2015
Surgery is a preferred modality of care in the management of localized cancer (Stage T1 or T2). Unfortunately, for advanced or widespread disease, adjuvant modalities of care are usually needed.
The team of doctors make critical decisions regarding the choice of surgery by evaluating factors like:
The choice of treatment plan requires active participation by the patient in decision making process).
Most popular surgical interventions in practice are:
Prostatectomy (or surgical removal of prostate gland) is a conventionally popular procedure that is performed by surgeons to remove the cancerous mass along with thin margins of normal prostate tissue. In many cases, surgeons also r
emove the draining lymph nodes for tissue analysis and detection of nodal metastasis as well as seminal vesicles (procedure is referred to as complete prostatectomy).
Depending upon the patient factors and preferences; there are several approaches to perform the radical prostatectomy procedure; such as:
The key concerns or complications after surgery depends on the expertise of surgeon and nature of procedure employed. Like most surgical procedures, surgical prostatectomy is associated with these side effects:
In this approach, a laparoscope is used as an assistance device to perform the surgical intervention. The key benefits of laparoscopic surgery are; minimal tissue damage, low blood loss and early return to a functional lifestyle.
Read more about surgical treatment of Prostate cancer in the upcoming blog post.
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