Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Treatment

During September, families and health professionals work together to educate and raise awareness for prostate health in recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the national campaign, our center is working to highlight the numerous treatment options available for an early-stage diagnosis.

For men with early-stage prostate cancer, treatment options vary in terms of their invasiveness, side effects and duration. The differences in treatment options at this stage can help you determine which treatment may be best for you and your lifestyle.

Learn more about some of the treatment options for prostate cancer below:

  • Active Surveillance: Also known as watchful waiting, prostate cancer is monitored closely rather than actively treated. Prostate cancer can grow very slowly over time and may never need treatment depending on other health factors for the patient.
  • Surgery: During surgery, the prostate gland is removed and may include biopsies of nearby lymph nodes. Procedures can take between three and four hours, usually requiring general anesthesia and a three-day hospital stay. Recovery at home usually lasts a few weeks.
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT): This procedure delivers targeted radiation beams to the prostate without incision or sedation. SBRT has the unique ability to compensate for normal patient movements, minimizing radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. Treatment is delivered in five or fewer outpatient sessions over the course of one to two weeks.
  • Proton Therapy: A newer treatment option, proton therapy involves using a focused ray of proton particles to destroy prostate cancer cells. Treatment is usually delivered five days a week for approximately eight weeks.

CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats prostate cancer using CyberKnife® technology to deliver SBRT. Patients who undergo CyberKnife treatment generally experience few to no side effects and usually return to their normal routines immediately following each treatment session. To learn more about CyberKnife, contact us.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.