Making a decision about prostate cancer treatment can be confusing. The following information can help you learn more the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option. You and your doctor should also discuss treatments currently not available in Saskatchewan (low dose brachytherapy, cryoablation and high intensity ultrasound) to determine if one of these options is right for you.
An overview of treatment options.
What is "Watchful Waiting?"
What is a
Radical Retropubic Prostectomy - Watch this 24-minute video to learn more about about the procedure, how to prepare for surgery and what to expect after a prostectomy.
What are the Risks? - Watch this 16-minute video to learn more about the potential risks associated with this surgery.
External Beam Radiation Therapy - Watch this 24-minute video which explains the types of radioation therapy, risks and side effects of external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer.
You and your doctor should also discuss treatments currently not available in Saskatchewan (low dose brachytherapy, cryoablation and high intensity ultrasound) to determine if one of these options is right for you.
Cryoablation - Watch this 15-minute video for more information about cryoablation, how it works, how to prepare for the procedure, and what expect.
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound - Watch this 19-minute video to learn more about high intensity ultrasound, how it works, how to prepare for the procdure, and what side-effects to expect.
Androgen is a male sex hormone. Learn more about hormone therapy medicines.
If you are considering androgen deprivation therapy, this program may be a valuable resource fo you.
For more information about this option, view the video below.
The type of treatment you decide will be influenced by many factors.
Please refer to the personal decision form found
The Prostate Assessment Pathway
Nurse Navigators in the Prostate Assessment Pathway can provide you with more information and help you work with your care providers to select a treatment option. If you do not already have an appointment with a Prostate Nurse Navigator, contact a Prostate Assessment Centre:
What Do I need to Know about Treatment Decisions?
Localized Prostate Cancer - Making a Treatment Decision
Multimedia presentation (33 minutes) containing information that can be used when making treatment decisions.
Should I Have Radiation Therapy or a Prostectomy?