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Prostatectomy for Cancer

Procedure Defined

A prostatectomy , or removal of the prostate gland, is one of the extreme treatments in men who have prostate cancer. As prostate glands are unnique to males, this is a surgery designed only for the men who are suifferers of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is common in men and while treatable, and often curable, this type of cancer often goes undetected until it is to far advanced to treat or cure.

Efficacy of Procedure

There is medical evidence to the effect that if this deadly form of cancer is caught early enough and treated aggressively by performing a prostatedtomy on the patient, absence of the gland in the future will prevent the cancer from spreading beyond that gland. The procedure is often accompanied by administering radiation to the patient following the surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells left after removal of the gland.

Protestatectomy for cancer can either be done as a partial removal of the gland, or a radical protestatectomy, removing the entire gland plus tissue from around the gland in an attempt to prevent spread of any cells which have been taken over by the cancer cells. This delicate surgery has been traditionally performed by human surgeons but is now available as laproscoptic surgery performed by the daVinci robiotic method.

Potential Side Effects of Procedure

Side effects of a successful protestatectomy can be unpleasant, including infertility, urinary incontinence, and general lack of urinary control. Wh ile the surgery has inconvenient side effects, the success rate of the surgery and its effect at taming prostate cancer is excellent. Newer procedures including robotic surgical procedures and alternative, less invasive surgical techniques have also been developed , but their efficacy is still under study.

Drawing of procedure
Drawing of procedure