Prostate Cancer Treatment
Options for your personalized care plan to treat prostate cancer.
There are many effective treatments available for prostate cancer. Our team of prostate cancer specialists — urologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and men’s health experts — meet as part of a tumor board to create a personalized treatment plans that is unique to your cancer type and stage, along with your priorities for care.
Your treatment plan likely will include one or more of these options:
- Minimally invasive surgery, including single-port robot-assisted prostatectomy for faster recovery and less pain
- Radiation therapy, including MRI-guided radiation therapy
- Focal ablation therapies, including cryotherapy
- Hormone therapy
As part of your treatment plan, your care team may discuss your eligibility to participate in one or more clinical trials. These studies help researchers discover whether a new treatment or technique may be more effective than the current standard of care. Clinical trials may give you access to advanced therapies that are not yet available elsewhere.
Watchful waiting, or active surveillance, is another approach that involves monitoring the symptoms of prostate cancer. Monitoring is typically done every six months and includes a digital-rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test. If symptoms increase, testing or treatments may be needed.
Metastatic prostate cancer
Metastatic or advanced prostate cancer means that cancer cells have spread from the prostate tumor to different parts of the body. The disease is also called Stage 4 prostate cancer, and there are two categories for it. In Stage 4A, prostate cancer cells are found in the nearby lymph nodes. In Stage 4B, the cancer cells have spread to distant lymph nodes, bones, lungs, liver or other organs.
Treatment for metastatic prostate cancer
Metastatic prostate cancer requires specialized care. At Henry Ford, our expert oncologists offer ways to slow the spread of metastatic cancer, prolong life and control symptoms. For patients who have limited treatment options or who have previously received other anticancer treatments, our specialists may recommend an FDA-approved therapy called Pluvicto. This drug delivers targeted radiation to damage and kill prostate cancer cells. To find out if Pluvicto is right for you, make an appointment with a prostate cancer specialist at Henry Ford.