The goal of treatment for prostate cancer is to put patients first by working with them to find treatments that work for them as individuals. Because the treatment options vary from patient to patient, we recommend talking with your physician about how we can best treat your condition. Treatments and procedures available at Northwestern Memorial include:
- Active surveillance (watchful waiting): usually pursued if the risks outweigh the benefits of treatment, or if the cancer is progressing slowly.
- Radiotherapy: an option for any stage of prostate cancer, this may be external radiation therapy (a machine outside the body) or internal (brachytherapy).
- Brachytherapy (seed implants): this internal radiotherapy uses tiny radioactive materials known as seeds which are inserted into the prostate, releasing cancer-killing radiation over the course of months, before becoming inert.
- Surgery: an option for men with early-stage prostate cancer, which involves removing some or all of the prostate, using any of a number of procedures, including:
- Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
- Robotic radical prostatectomy
- Radical prostatectomy
- Hormone suppression therapy: this may occur before, in combination with, or after radiotherapy. Since prostate cancer cells need male hormones to grow, this hormone suppression therapy blocks the action of the natural hormones, and, consequently, the cancer cells. This treatment is usually undertaken when prostate cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
If you have been told you may have or do have prostate cancer, and you’d like to make a first-time appointment with a Northwestern Memorial urologist or oncologist, please call our Physician Referral Department at 1-877-926-4664 or request an appointment online.