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Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surgery or Radiation?

February 17, 2019

From the U.S. News & World Report website

While a growing number of men diagnosed with early-stage, slow-growing prostate cancer opt for no immediate treatment beyond active surveillance, many men diagnosed with the cancer – especially those under age 60 who are in good health with a long life expectancy – choose to have their cancer treated without delay with either surgery or radiation.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer and determine that immediate treatment is best for you, your next step is deciding which form of treatment to have. “Treatment has evolved over the past 20 years to be more effective with fewer side effects,” says Philip Kantoff, a medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher who serves as chair of the department of medicine at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

If the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland, standard prostate cancer treatments include:

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