Urology – Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer, which is the most frequent form of cancer for males over 50, is treated with a myriad of options that are available in the discipline of Urology. Should you, or your partner be suffering from this type of cancer, you must be aware of the effectiveness, risks, and possible side consequences of the different treatments available to you.

Watchful Waiting

Since prostate cancers tend to progress very slowly, certain doctors recommend patients seek general urological procedures. This is referred to as watchful waiting. While waiting, patients are closely watched by the urology department at their clinic.

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Radiotherapy kills prostate cancer starting from the inside. To treat cancer of the prostate, your urologist will insert small radioactive particles also known as seeds, into the prostate gland. 

When these seeds emit radiation into the tissue it destroys the gland as well as its cancer. The seeds eventually are no longer radioactive and are kept inside our bodies for the duration of the patient's life.

Some clinics for urology treat prostate cancer with external radiation. The cancer cells are destroyed by introducing radiation into the body via the outside. Both operate in the same method. Your doctor will help you decide which is best for you based on the area in which it's located and its size of it.

The High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound also known as HIFU is a new technology in the field of urology. The treatment can destroy prostate tissue by using the force generated by ultrasound.