What is the best way to treat cancer of the prostate?

Expert Opinion published on January 13, 2012 in Treatment
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Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP
President and Chief Executive Officer
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York
What is the best way to treat cancer of the prostate?

Patients often ask me, “What is the best way to be treated for prostate cancer that is localized or confined in the prostate?” I think that it is very clear that either radiation therapy or surgery are able to destroy cancer that is localized in the prostate, and the outcome, the results of surgery or radiation are essentially equivalent. The choice as to which of those treatments is employed is influenced by patient factors, age, other illnesses, and ultimately and importantly, the patient’s preference for radiation therapy or surgery. It is also increasingly clear that there are some men with prostate cancer that appears to be localized in the prostate who may not require any treatment at all but simply close follow-up. So I think the key is for patients to ask questions, get educated about their options and with their physician, make the choice that is best for them.

Last modified: February 7, 2012
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