Determining the most suitable treatment option for a man with prostate cancer is an art form. Taking into account a patient’s health, age and social dynamics are just as essential as determining the grade, stage and aggressiveness of the cancer. At the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA, our physicians are leaders in their field and work in concert to help determine the most suitable treatment options for each individual. Contact us in Los Angeles today to schedule an appointment by calling (310) 341-2557.
Whole Gland Treatment for Prostate Carcinoma
For men who are not candidates for focal therapy, whole gland treatment options are available. At the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA, we provide patients with whole gland treatment via the following methods.
Robotic Surgery: daVinci Robotic Prostatectomy
Robotic prostate surgery, referred to as daVinci Robotic Prostatectomy, or DVP for short, is the most advanced surgical treatment option for men undergoing whole gland prostate cancer therapy. Robotic surgery allows a prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate) to be performed in a minimally invasive manner. The procedure is performed by making six small incisions (each about 1-2 cm in size, the size of a dime or a quarter) in the abdomen. Then the robotic instruments, which are advanced laparoscopic instruments with enhanced mobility, are placed through these incisions into the abdominal cavity. An experienced robotic surgeon then maneuvers the instruments to perform the prostatectomy with great precision. The robotic instrumentation allows for enhanced surgical precision allowing the robotic surgeon to meticulously remove the prostate while preserving the vital structures around it, including the nerves that control erections and the muscles that control urinary continence. At the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA, a robotic prostatectomy is typically done as an outpatient, signifying that most men who undergo a robotic prostatectomy can go home in less than 24 hours.
As with any surgical technique, the experience and expertise of the surgeon are key elements in the outcome of the procedure. At the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA, our robotic surgeons have performed well over 1000 robotic operations and are experts in the field. Their expertise is sought after by patients nationally and internationally. To learn more about the daVinci Robotic Prostatectomy, contact our robotic surgery experts today.
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TrueBeam intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced external beam (IMRT) radiation therapy available for men with prostate cancer symptoms. The advantage of the TrueBeam is better localization of the prostate, improved delivery radiation and more precise targeting of the cancer, leading to lower side-effects as compared to traditional radiation therapy methods. The Prostate Cancer Institute of LA is one of the few centers nationally with access to such a system. TrueBeam IMRT is a highly effective treatment option for select men with prostate cancer symptoms. The TrueBeam IMRT treatment protocol is tailored for each patient. TrueBeam IMRT provides excellent cancer cure rates while optimizing patients’ clinical quality of life outcomes, including erectile function and urinary control. To learn more about TrueBeam IMRT and to determine if it is a suitable treatment option for you, contact the Prostate Cancer Specialist of Los Angeles today at (310) 341-2557.
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Unlike other cancer therapies, brachytherapy works by treating the cancer from within the body. Small radiation seeds are placed inside a patient’s prostate. Over time, these seeds deliver radiation to the prostate with the goal of eliminating a patient’s cancer. Brachytherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure and it is suitable for patients with less aggressive prostate cancers. As with all treatment options, brachytherapy outcomes are highly dependent on the skill and expertise of the surgeon. To determine if Brachytherapy is suitable for you, contact the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA today.
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High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
High-intensity focused ultrasound (also known as “HIFU”) is an exciting new technology that is transforming the care of men with prostate cancer. Ultrasound waves are focused on a specific target and in concert, these otherwise harmless sound waves, with great precision heat the area of interest, thereby destroying the cancer cells in the targeted area. HIFU is very well tolerated. It is a non-surgical treatment that typically takes 1-3 hours to perform. Patients go home shortly after having the procedure. Patients typically don’t have any significant down time. Because of its precision, HIFU has significant advantages over surgery or radiation therapy. Preservation of erectile function and urinary control are typically better with HIFU than with surgery or radiation therapy. Not all patients are candidates for HIFU however. As with all treatment options, the expertise and experience of the HIFU surgeon is critical in the outcome of the procedure. The HIFU specialists at the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA are some of the most experienced HIFU specialists in the country. To find out if HIFU is right for you, contact our HIFU specialists today.
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Contact our Urological Experts Today!
At the Prostate Cancer Institute of LA, a Division of Comprehensive Urology, Dr. Michel and his team of prostate carcinoma specialists in Los Angeles can perform the necessary tests involved with treating aggressive prostate cancer. Though prostate carcinoma can be slow growing, it’s very important to be tested as early as possible. As with all cancers, early identification can be extremely useful when treating the disease.
Please contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Beverly Hills urological facility for any signs of prostate cancer.
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