Prostate cancer. A new diagnosis is shocking and overwhelming and comes with a host of questions, including the following:
- Do I need prostate cancer treatment immediately?
- If not, how long can I safely wait?
- What is the best treatment for my individual type of cancer?
Most prostate cancer is diagnosed when it is still early and contained in the prostate gland. This is called “localized disease.” Finding cancer when it is still localized gives the greatest number of prostate cancer treatment options.
At HIFU Prostate Cancer Institute, our philosophy can be summed up like this: Get precise diagnostic information and then choose a treatment with maximum cancer control and minimum lifestyle impact.
With that philosophy in mind, we support patients in exploring all treatment options, and we do our best to educate patients on the success and side effects of each treatment. There is no “one size fits all” prostate cancer treatment. In fact, some patients can and do safely postpone treatment while making healthy lifestyle changes while we help them monitor whether their cancer is progressing to a point where treatment is needed.
What follows is a brief summary of today’s prostate cancer treatment options. However, no one should choose a prostate cancer therapy based on internet information alone, though the internet can help you develop specific questions to ask your doctor. The treatment you choose should be one that you have thought through, fully understand along with its risks, and have discussed with your doctor. With that in mind, we hope these short summaries will give you an idea of what’s involved with each type of prostate cancer therapy.
- Active Surveillance. Sometimes prostate cancer grows so slowly it may never need treatment, but it’s still important to keep an eye on it and monitor changes.
- Surgery. During prostate surgery, called a radical prostatectomy, the prostate gland and tissues surrounding it are surgically removed. These procedures can be done in an open surgery, with laparoscopy, or with robot-assisted laparoscopy.
- Radiation Therapy. High doses of radiation are used to destroy cancer cells.
- Hormone Therapy. Hormone treatments, also known as androgen deprivation therapy or androgen suppression therapy, use hormones to treat prostate cancer.
- Chemotherapy uses specialized cancer-fighting drugs to destroy malignant cells.
- Cryotherapy. Extremely cold temperatures are used to destroy cancer cells in the prostate gland.
- High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, or HIFU, is a precise and targeted noninvasive therapy for localized prostate cancer developed by Dr. Suarez. HIFU uses ultrasound energy to destroy specifically targeted cancer cells within the prostate.
- Other Developing Treatments. The science of treating prostate cancer is by no means settled. The physicians at HIFU Prostate Cancer Institute are continually pioneering new approaches to treating prostate cancer.
Why Choose HIFU Prostate Cancer Institute Miami?
Patients at HIFU Prostate Cancer Institute in Miami, FL, are treated to premier PERSONALIZED CONCIERGE Medical Care and access to Dr. Suarez, 24 Hours / 7 Days Per Week throughout the course of their treatment for prostate cancer. Dr. Suarez is an extremely accomplished prostate surgeon and urologist with over 20 years of experience treating patients in all stages of prostate cancer.