Dating prostate cancer
For these men, doctors recommend what’s known as watchful waiting or active surveillance.(The terms are often used interchangeably.) That's because surgery and radiation therapy come with their own set of risks, such as post-treatment incontinence.Fortunately, a prostate cancer diagnosis is far from a death sentence.Roughly 96% of men treated for prostate cancer of all stages are alive 15 years after diagnosis and treatment.
According to Adler, one isn’t a better choice than the other.
If you’d rather not make regular trips to the hospita to receive external radiation, you could do it at home with brachytherapy.
In a 90-minute outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, your surgeon uses a long, thin needle to implant 100 or so radioactive seeds, each about the size of a grain of rice, throughout your prostate.
It comes down to personal preference and what an individual is comfortable with.
“The best information out there suggests that outcomes seem to be similar for surgery and radiation,” he says.