Doctors treating prostate cancer have a wide range of tools available. Your doctors will work with you to design a treatment plan that gives you the greatest chance of longer life, while managing side effects and preserving prostate function. Learn more about the treatment options for prostate cancer.

Radiation for Prostate Cancer

What is Radiation Therapy? Radiation is the strategic use of ionizing radiation or photons to kill cancer cells. It works by damaging the cancer cells’ DNA (the genetic blueprint of the cancer cell).The targeted cells die without growing or replicating themselves. Radiation therapy, like surgery, is...

Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Radical Prostatectomy Removing the entire prostate gland through surgery, known as a radical prostatectomy, is a common option for men whose cancer has not spread. For men with advanced or recurrent disease, other surgical procedures may be chosen, such as removal of lymph nodes, which are...

Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Primary Hormone Therapy Since testosterone serves as the main fuel for prostate cancer cell growth, it’s a common target for treatment. Primary hormone therapy (also called androgen deprivation therapy or ADT) is part of the standard of care for advanced metastatic prostate cancer. ADT is designed...

Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer

https://www.youtube.com/embed/O24t-bbE1k4 The decision on when to start chemotherapy is difficult and highly individualized based on several factors: What other treatment options or clinical trials are available. How well chemotherapy is likely to be tolerated. What prior therapies you have received. If radiation is needed prior to...

Active Surveillance

What is Active Surveillance? The concept of Active Surveillance has increasingly emerged as a viable option for men who decide not to undergo immediate radical treatment for prostate cancer (surgery or radiation therapy). Active Surveillance is based on the concept that low-risk prostate cancer is unlikely...

Precision Therapies for Prostate Cancer

What is Precision Medicine? Precision medicine uses new diagnostic tests to treat the right patient with the right medicine at the right time based on the genetic make-up of that patient’s cancer. The promise of precision medicine is this: someday, there will be no trial and...

Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer

The immune system has the remarkable ability to kills cells that can cause harm, such as infected cells or cancer cells. However, in most patients with progressing cancer, anti-cancer immune responses either never developed or have been turned off by the cancer. One way to fight...

Choosing a Treatment Option

Treatment Options for Localized or Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer A man diagnosed with localized or locally advanced prostate cancer has 3 major treatment options: Active Surveillance, surgery, and radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is sometimes combined with hormone therapy, but surgery is almost never combined with hormone...

Janet Farrar Worthington

“If This Is Going to Be Aggressive, I’m Going to Be Aggressive, Too.”

Malcolm Carmine, age 52, has metastatic prostate cancer.   But prostate cancer doesn’t have him....

Janet Farrar Worthington

When Treatment Stops Working: Blame Resistance

In the upside down world of prostate cancer, the good guys want to win the...