TREATMENT OPTIONS


 Nerve sparing radical prostatectomy


State-of-the-art external beam radiotherapy


Seed Brachytherapy


Patient Information For High Dose Rate Hdr Prostate Brachytherapy


Hormonal therapy


 Prostatic cryotherapy


Systemic chemotherapy


Radioactive intravenous Strontium


Access to state-of-the-art clinical trial


Patient Information for Radiotherapy


  1. Pain relief for metastatic bone disease


  1. Clinical Trials



Hormonal therapy


Hormone Therapy treats prostate cancer by depriving the body of the male sex hormone – testosterone. It is generally used to treat cancer that has spread beyond the prostate or used prior to other treatment.

Hormone treatment can slow the cancer's growth and reduce the size of the tumour. This can lessen some of the symptoms of the disease and make the tumour more responsive to other treatments.

There are two ways to lower the amount of testosterone in the body: Surgery and drug therapy.

The majority of the hormone is produced in the testicles and by removing the testicles deprives the body of testosterone. Surgery is considered a low risk outpatient procedure but can be difficult for some men to come to terms with.
Drug therapy is just as effective as surgery in lowering the testosterone. They work by either preventing the production of testosterone or by blocking the action of the hormone. This however creates a loss of sexual drive, creates hot flushes and there is some risk of cardiovascular problems and osteoporosis.

For more information on Androgen Deprivation Therapy and it’s potential side effects go to the cancer institute site http://www.treatment.cancerinstitute.org.au and once logged in search for prostate cancer and click on to Androgen deprivation therapy.