Prostate Cancer Treatments
Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
Our prostate cancer experts use the latest treatments, including minimally invasive surgery and access to new developments through clinical trials.
Active Monitoring of Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
Patients with low-risk localized prostate cancer may be appropriate for active monitoring, or surveillance, by our team. This “watchful waiting” provides close oversight rather than immediate treatment.
Prostate Cancer Surgery
Using the robotic technology of the da Vinci® S Surgical System, our surgeons have the complex and delicate precision needed for prostate cancer surgery, or prostatectomy.
This minimally invasive procedure removes the prostate gland while preserving surrounding nerves. Conducted through small incisions, robotic surgery benefits patients with less pain and scarring, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Our radiation oncologists are highly experienced with the newest technologies to treat prostate cancer while sparing healthy tissue. Treatments may use intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), to deliver focused radiation beams for treatment accuracy. Gold seed implants, internal markers for IMRT, help direct radiation.
Because the prostate gland moves continuously, the Calypso® 4D Localization System, GPS for the Body® precisely aligns the organ with the external radiation beam. Calypso® targets tumors with tiny transponders to monitor gland position and re-shape the beam accordingly. This enables higher doses of radiation to smaller areas, causing fewer side effects.
Radiation therapy may be delivered internally through brachytherapy, a procedure jointly performed by our radiation oncologists and urologists. Radioactive seeds deliver a high dose of radiation only to the prostate, minimizing exposure to surrounding normal tissue.
In 2012, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) awarded the ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation to our program for the highest level of quality care and patient safety in radiation therapy.
Protection for the Rectum
Radiation Oncologists at the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Abington-Jefferson Health are offering men receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer the option of implanting SpaceOAR Hydrogel. The hydrogel acts as a spacer between the prostate and rectum, significantly lowering the dose of radiation the rectum receives.
Rectal complications following radiation therapy for prostate cancer can cause men to experience significant rectal pain, bleeding and bowel dysfunction. SpaceOAR Hydrogel has been proven to decrease the risk for developing rectal complications.
SpaceOAR Hydrogel is injected during a minimally invasive procedure by the radiation oncologist just prior to the start of radiation therapy. Placement is typically well tolerated. The hydrogel remains stable for three months, plenty of time in which to deliver radiation therapy safely. It is then slowly reabsorbed by the body over the next three months, and is completely gone six months after it was inserted.
For more information, please contact the Prostate Cancer Nurse Navigator at 215-481-2800.
Hormonal Therapy and Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Prostate tumors need the hormone testosterone to grow. Medicines known as LH-RH (luteinizing hormone-releasing hormones) agonists and androgen blockers can reduce testosterone levels. This hormonal treatment may help prevent further growth of the cancer and relieve symptoms.
Patients with prostate cancer that does not respond to hormonal therapy may receive chemotherapy with one or more drugs.
Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before cancer treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.
Appreciating Calypso® Therapy for Prostate Cancer
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