USING THIS GUIDE WHAT’S COVERED
Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about surgery for prostate cancer. Learn how it works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how this surgery is done, view our animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
What is the prostate gland?
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland that produces and secretes the fluid in a man’s semen. It’s located at the base of your bladder and wraps around your urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from your bladder out through your penis.
What is prostate cancer surgery?
Prostate cancer surgery is a procedure to remove all of your prostate gland. It also includes removal of the seminal vesicles (where seminal fluid is produced), the surrounding tissues, and sometimes the nerve bundles on either side of your prostate that are responsible for erections.
Types of prostate cancer surgery
There are several approaches to prostate cancer surgery and they can be performed using a variety of methods. Your surgery will depend on the stage and grade of your cancer as well as your general health and your surgeon’s skills.
Why is it done?
Prostate cancer is a malignant tumour of the prostate gland which most commonly affects men over 50. Surgery is aimed at removing the cancer and preventing it from spreading from your prostate to other parts of your body.
Prostate cancer is different from a benign enlarged prostate which is a non-cancerous condition where the prostate grows larger due to a growth of normal cells within the prostate gland.
Your treatment options
There may be a non-surgical alternative, depending on your circumstances.
Types of prostate cancer surgery and how they're performed
There are several different ways prostate surgery can be done.
Results vs risks of the surgery
The benefits and potential complications of surgery.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a urologist who specialises in your surgery.
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