Prostate Cancer Treatment
There are different ways to treat prostate cancer. You will probably want
to talk to different types of doctors before making a final decision.
Since there haven't been enough large clinical trials that compare
the different treatments, there are different views on how best to treat
a particular kind of prostate cancer. Before making a decision, you should
talk to a urologist and radiation oncologist who are expert in the treatment
of prostate cancer. They will tell you about the benefits and risks of
surgery, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy for your particular situation.
If your prostate cancer has already spread at the time of diagnosis, you
should also talk to a medical oncologist about chemotherapy. It is important
that you discuss your options with the right doctors. Together you can
make the decision that is best for you.
Monmouth Medical Center's Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology
offers two forms of
brachytherapy for prostate cancer.
The effectiveness of both techniques — high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy
for the treatment of intermediate and high risk prostate cancer and low-dose
rate (LDR/permanent seed) brachytherapy for the treatment of favorable
risk prostate cancer or in combination with external beam radiotherapy
for more advanced disease — is reflected in a growing record of
successful results with minimal side effects.
For surgical candidates, da Vinci Prostatectomy is the fastest growing
treatment for prostate cancer in the United States. Monmouth's Institute
for Robotic Surgery offers the da Vinci Surgical System — the most
advanced of the robotic platforms. The system combines computer and robotic
technologies with the skills of the surgeon to create a new category of
surgical treatment, making it possible to perform more technically demanding
surgeries such as a prostatectomy using a minimally invasive approach.
Additionally, the Leon Hess Cancer Center offers outpatient chemotherapy
for patients with hormone-therapy-resistant prostate cancer.
Treatments for prostate cancer are:
Permanent Seed Brachytherapy (PSB)
Monmouth Medical Center also offers Monmouth County's only hospital-based
chapter of US TOO International, a prostate cancer support group whose
mission is to provide hope and improve the lives of those affected by
prostate cancer through support, education and advocacy/awareness. Monmouth's
group meets on the first Thursday of each month and offers mutual support,
information and education for men with prostate cancer and their partners.
For registration and information, call 732-923-6090.