Treating Prostate Cancer

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Once your prostate cancer has been diagnosed and staged, you have a lot to think about before you and your doctor choose a treatment plan. It’s important that you think carefully about each of your choices. You will want to weigh the benefits of each treatment option against the possible risks and side effects.

Depending on each case, treatment options for men with prostate cancer might include:

  • Watchful waiting or active surveillance
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Cryotherapy (cryosurgery)
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Vaccine treatment
  • Bone-directed treatment

These treatments are generally used one at a time, although in some cases they may be combined.

To learn about the most common approaches to treating prostate cancer, see these topics:

  • Things to think about when considering treatment options
  • Typical treatment options based on the stage of the cancer
  • Following PSA levels during and after treatment
  • Dealing with prostate cancer that doesn’t go away or recurs (comes back) after treatment

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