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How will my doctor know if I need surgery for prostate cancer?

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If it appears that the prostate cancer hasn't spread, a surgeon (urologist) may first offer other options besides surgery. These can include radiation therapy, hormone therapy, or simply observing the prostate cancer over time, since many prostate cancers grow slowly. (You may hear this called "watchful waiting.") Depending on how high the risk of cancer spread, your doctor may consider recommending a pelvic lymph node dissection, as well.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radical Prostatectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

SOURCES:

Wein, A. 9th edition, Saunders, 2007. Campbell-Walsh Urology,

Oncology Stat: "Minimally Invasive Prostatectomy Better on Some Measures, Worse on Others."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 20, 2016

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