Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It ranks first in the top 10 cancers that affect males. Among men diagnosed with prostate cancer, 98% survive at least 5 years, 84% survive at least 10 years, and 56% survive 15 years. In its early stages, cancer of the prostate rarely produces symptoms, which is why it is hard to detect and therefore, hard to treat.
The symptoms that develop from urinary obstruction occur late in the disease, which is typical of most cancers in their late stages. That is why men with prostate cancer commonly experience sexual dysfunction before the diagnosis is made.
Medical treatment is based on diagnostic tests, cancer staging of the disease, and consideration of the patient’s age, as well as other symptoms that may cause complications. Surgery is most often the recommended medical intervention for patients who have identified the cancer early and are in good health. If left untreated, prostate cancer usually metastasizes to the spine.
However, as a consumer of health treatment and care, you have a choice in the type medical intervention you prefer. There are several factors you should consider before making a decision on treatment because each choice has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Robotic prostatectomy, also known as Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy, is an alternative prostate surgical procedure. This state-of-the-art, revolutionary, and advanced surgical procedure profoundly decreases pain, blood loss, recovery time, and the unwanted side effects produced by conventional treatments like radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, cryosurgery, and Transurethral Resection of the prostate. Side effects like inflammation of the rectum or bowel and erectile dysfunction are drastically minimized, if not totally avoided.
Advantages of robotic prostatectomy in comparison to other treatments
There are several methods of treatment for prostate cancer. Discovering the pros and cons of each intervention is key. Men with prostate cancer should consult their urologist before beginning any medical treatment program.Oncology