Prostate Cancer: Which Treatment Option Is Right for You?

by Dana Demas

When is radiation therapy or surgery the right treatment option for prostate cancer? Both treatments provide benefits and risks that may make one a better choice than another. Age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer, and often plays a key role in choosing between surgery and radiation. See a quick round-up of the pros and cons below, then ask an expert your questions about prostate cancer treatment.

Radiation Therapy

  • Typically requires several weeks of treatment.
  • New technology delivers radiation to the prostate, with better accuracy, minimizing side effects and toxicity.
  • Common side effects may include: skin sensitivity in the area that is treated, diarrhea, and an increase in the frequency or urgency of urination.

Prostatectomy (Surgery)

  • Typically return home in one day.
  • Minimally invasive, but with slight risks of general surgery.
  • Significant risk of incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Most men take 6-12 months to recover erectile function, if a nerve-sparing prostatectomy was performed.

Have more questions about prostate cancer? Ask urologist, Dr. Larry Bans, and radiation oncologist, Dr. Lanceford Chong, during a special webinar hosted by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Submit a question and they will be back next week to answer them.