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What are treatment options for prostate cancer?

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If you and your doctor decide treatment is necessary, surgery to remove the prostate and nearby tissue is common if the cancer hasn’t spread.

Other treatment options include:

Some men with the disease might only need “active surveillance.” This means regular blood tests, rectal exams and possibly biopsies to keep an eye on things. If the cancer gets worse, you might discuss treatment options with your doctor.

  • Radiation
  • Cryotherapy (using very cold temperatures to freeze cancer cells)
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy

From: What Is a Prostate Biopsy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Prostate Cancer; Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer;” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer;” “Treating Prostate Cancer; Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostate cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Basics.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Tests for Prostate Cancer; Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer;” “Surgery for Prostate Cancer;” “Treating Prostate Cancer; Cryotherapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prostate cancer.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Prostate Cancer: Basics.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

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