Prostate Cancer Treatment
Our nationally recognized urologic surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists successfully treat all stages of prostate cancer with the most advanced technology. We partner with you for comprehensive care before, during and after your prostate cancer treatment, including first access to the latest advances in prevention, screening and diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.
Our multidisciplinary team of prostate cancer experts works together to determine the best prostate cancer treatment plan for you. A dedicated nurse navigator provides guidance and education from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship.
Prostate cancer treatment options
As a leader in the treatment of all stages of prostate cancer, we offer every treatment option available and the most advanced technology, including:
- Active surveillance
- Prostate cancer immunotherapy and hormone therapy
- Robotic prostatectomy (minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery)
- Perineal and retropubic prostatectomy
- Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- SpaceOAR and Calypso live tracking for prostate radiation
- Proton therapy (coming December 2021)
Retzius-sparing radical prostatectomy
Prostate cancer patients often fear prostate surgery because of the associated side effects, such as loss of control of urinary function and impaired sexual performance. Prostate cancer specialists at The University of Kansas Cancer Center are the only experts in the Kansas City region who offer an advanced robotic surgical procedure that reduces these unwanted side effects.
The Retzius-sparing radical prostatectomy is a new approach to an existing minimally invasive robotic surgery. During this advanced procedure, your surgeon approaches the prostate from below rather than above the bladder, making it possible to remove the prostate in a less invasive way.
Our prostate cancer specialists have seen significant improvements in postoperative incontinence rates using this new approach. In addition to reducing unwanted side effects, robotic prostate surgery dramatically improves recovery time. Most men who have the Retzius-sparing procedure regain urinary control within a week of their catheter being removed – a milestone that traditionally takes about 6 months to achieve.
Active surveillance for prostate cancer
Not all prostate cancers require immediate treatment. If neither prostate cancer surgery nor radiation treatment are advised, we may recommend active surveillance and offer a comprehensive active surveillance program to guide you through this process. Currently, we recommend active surveillance as the treatment of choice for men whose cancer is not causing any symptoms, is slow growing or is small and confined to the prostate.
Active surveillance may include:
- Annual or semi-annual PSA blood tests and digital rectal exams
- Ultrasounds and regular biopsies
- Appropriate treatment, if necessary
Prostate cancer is not the only focus in active surveillance. In addition to monitoring your prostate cancer, our multidisciplinary care team works to improve your overall health. Services available include:
- Counseling with a dietitian
- Development of lifestyle strategies, including diet modification and exercise recommendations
- Access to prostate cancer clinical research trials
Life after prostate cancer treatment
Surviving prostate cancer is a lifelong process. You will need regular checkups, and you may also need help managing the side effects of your treatment. Our team can talk with you about lifestyle changes that can speed recovery and improve your quality of life.