Prostate Cancer Treatments in Tacoma, WA
As one of the most often diagnosed cancers in all of the United States, prostate cancer undeniably affects millions of men even though they may not be diagnosed with the condition until the cancer has progressed.
Because the symptoms of prostate cancer are non-specific, in most cases this form of cancer is first diagnosed during a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Most patients with cancer of the prostate are treated with either surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or a combination of one or more of those treatments.
Prostate Cancer Surgery
The first line of attack against prostate cancer is usually surgery to remove the cancerous prostate gland. At Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC, we offer the latest advancements in prostate cancer surgery. Tiny instruments are introduced through several small incisions and are controlled (not pre-programmed) by your surgeon from a nearby console. These high tech instruments are able to perfectly mimic the hand motions of the doctor.
The robotic system also provides a 3D, high definition visualization of the prostate and adjacent tissues, giving your surgeon a view of the surgical site that is far superior to that of the human eye.
Robotic surgery is a breakthrough in modern medicine and allows for more precision and control than surgeons have ever had when compared to “open” or traditional laparoscopic surgery. For prostate cancer patients, that means a greater assurance of the best outcome possible. It also means a better chance of avoiding side effects of more traditional approaches to surgery, such as impotence or urinary incontinence.
Radiation for Prostate Cancer
Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC also offers radiation therapy, including brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy) for the treatment of prostate cancer. During brachytherapy, tiny radioactive “seeds” the size of a grain of rice are implanted into the prostate. The implants deliver a low dose of radiation over a period of several months.
Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Chemotherapy is not a standard treatment for most cases of prostate cancer, but can be useful in cases of advanced prostate cancer where the disease has metastasized to the bones, or when the cancer has not been responsive to more conventional hormonal therapy methods.