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What will determine if surgery is necessary before performing a radical prostatectomy?

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If it appears that the prostate cancer has not 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. Depending on how high the risk of cancer spread, pelvic lymph node dissection may be considered, 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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