How is surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer?  

Prostate removal . There are 3 kinds of surgery for prostate cancer: radical prostatectomy nerve sparing prostatectomy & robotic prostatectomy all 3 procedures remove the prostate gland and have special refinements in the process. Surgery is used for cancer that can be surgically removed.
CUT TO CURE!!! It is important to realize that the aim of surgery it to remove the cancerous prostate. There is no good evidence that robotic removal is superior to nonrobotic removal in terms of prostate cancer cure, erectile function or incontinence. In the hands of a good surgeon both techniques are comparable but most surgeons are best at one technique or the other, rarely both.
Removal of prostate. Surgery for prostate cancer is called a radical prostatectomy. This includes entirely removing the prostate gland with its surrounding structures and then reconstructing the bladder to the urethra again. After surgery, no ostomy or external permanent bag is neccessary. Pelvic lymph nodes may or may not be removed at the same time depending on the clinical findings.

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Is provenge (sipuleucel-t) the leading treatment of prostate cancer?

It's only for some. Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is used in a very specific clinical situation with prostate cancer--definitely not indicated for everyone. The best treatment depends on the stage and grade of the cancer. Read more...
NO. Provenge( sipuleucel t ) is the first autologous cellular immuno therapeutic vaccine it is prepared from the same patient, just for that patient only. Indication are for castrate resistant ( hormone )cancers that did not spread too much, so use is limited, besides being expensive, and current data is too small.. So leading treatments are still the proven traditional treatments . Read more...
No. Very few people get to this level of treatment, usually late stage therapy. Read more...
A standard option. Provenge (sipuleucel-t) is a standard option for men who have progressive disease despite hormonal therapy and no or minimal symptoms. It probably is most effective earlier in the disease course before the tumors are too large. There have been two randomized phase iii trials proving efficacy. Read more...

Does Lupron (leuprolide) for treatment of prostate cancer, also stop the formation of seminal liquid.

Slightly Possible. The vast majority of Lupron (leuprolide) users have no reported decrease in seminal fluid. Those that do report a decrease were mostly >60 yrs old. Read more...

I have prostate cancer (no methastesis). I won't have any treatment. How long can I have before it gets really worrying?

Depends. It depends on the volume of cancer, the gleason score, and lymphatic or perineural invasion. On average, the most common prostate cancer will take 7-10 years before any significant metastatic disease develops. Read more...

84yrs old male. Diagnosed w/ prostate cancer dr said can't do biopsy or surgery he has 7.50 is this the 3 stage is it why dr don't recommend surgery?

Not worth worry. If the value you sent of 7.50 is a psa test result then you can not actually say it is due to prostate cancer. But most people with prostate cancer live >10 years without any treatment. So at age 84, there is no good reason to do any biopsies etc and take the risk of complications! Read more...
Prostate cancer. An 84 year old with a psa of 7 could have prostate cancer; cannot say without a biopsy . If a person has less than 10 years to live due to health issues psa may not be in that pts best interest; prostate cancer is very common in men aged 80+. A very healthy 80+ year old may benefit from psa testing and treatment but this is a very complex discussion. Read more...
Unclear. I'm uncertain how your doctor knows you have prostate cancer if he was unable to do a prostate biopsy? This is the only reliable way of knowing if prostate cancer is present. Read more...

Prostate cancer treatment?

First question. Is whether treatment is necessary, depends on gleason score and psa. Treatment may not add value to you. Watchful waiting follows your psa #, rate of rise. If your gl >/= 7, psa > 10ng/ml, best option is radiotherapy, +/- anti-hormone. Get a few opinions. Do not act in haste. Read more...
Review options. Take time to review your options. Treatment options are based on risk category - low vs intermediate vs high vs metaatatic. Options include observation vs radiation therapy in different forms +/- androgen blockade vs surgical resection. Risks vary based on treatment. Meet with radiation oncologist and urologist. Ask a lot of questions. Visit cancer.Gov. Read more...
Variety of options. prostate cancer has a variety of options ranging from 1) surveillance where no active treatment is chosen and the cancer is watched 2)radiation therapy-3 options exist a)imrt b)seeds c)sbrt/cyberknife 3)prostatectomy 4) more experimental options such as hifu. Read more...

Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

Quite a few. Early stage (cancer within prostate): robotic or open surgery, standard radiation; radiation seeds; cryosurgery. For cancer with local spread to nodes typically radiation and hormonal therapy is used. For recurring cancer or for spread to far organs; a sequence of therapies is used. Initially, a series of 3-4 hormonal drugs one by one, then immune therapy (provenge) and then chemotherapy. Read more...
The stages. Actually confuse. Think of two: dsease confined to prostate or not. Next is complex assessment of "how much on biopsy" and psa level...Perhaps watchful waiting with a series of regular psa tests. If confined, surgery, external beam or seeds are just about equal in disease control and vary in side effects. Hormones way too complex to discuss. Get at least two opinions if your advisor disagrees. Read more...
Disease continuum. There is a disease continuum from localized disease through advanced metastatic castration resistant disease. Generally localized disease is treated with local therapies such as surgery or radiation and disease that either recurs or is more advanced is treated initially with hormonal therapy. Immune therapy and chemotherapy may be used after. Read more...
Here are some... Treating prostate caner is not based on stage alone, instead, needing to take the considerations of age, PSA progress, finding of DRE & ultrasound exam, Gleason's tissue grading, patient's existing medical illnesses, and his will so to balance & decide necessity & possibility. Rx Options may include: active surveillance, radical surgery, radiation, cryotherapy, HIFU, etc. with or without hormones. Read more...

What is the best treatment for prostate cancer?

Different opinions. Every doctor has a different opinion on this. Different options have different side effects and risks. Depending on the patients age, extent of cancer and features of the cancer patients choose between observation, surgery and radiation in the form of external machines or internal seed implants. I personally favor seeds for most patients do to the fact its one day treatment (continued in comment). Read more...
Many options. Generally speaking, options for treatment depend on patient factors (general health, preferences) and tumor factors (gleason grade, psa, clinical stage). Options include surveillance, radiotherapy, surgical removal of prostate. Radiation can be done with seeds in appropriate patients, external beam (usually imrt) with image guidance (igrt). An emerging radiation tool is radiosurgery. Read more...

What does treatment for prostate cancer consist of?

Choices! They. Range for "watchful waiting"; surgery; radiotherapy. Depending on age, gleason score (and density), psa, these commonly have similar cur/control rates, but very different toxicities. Anti-hormones have a role in specific instances, but not in early stage disease. Read more...
Prostate ca tx. Radiation, surgical removal, freezing.....High intensity ultrasound.....Monitoring.....All options for prostate cancer. Read more...