Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Surgery

Treatment options for prostate cancer vary according to the stage of the disease once it is detected, as well as a patient’s age and general health.

With a comprehensive prostate cancer program, Scripps oncology experts design individualized surgical approaches for men who have been diagnosed at all stages.

Individualized surgical options

If your prostate cancer is isolated to the prostate tissue itself and has not metastasized (spread), your oncologist may recommend a radical prostatectomy to remove the tumor.

Depending on the precise nature of the tumor, your surgeon will recommend one of four approaches:

  • Laparoscopic prostatectomy, which eliminates the large surgical incision in favor of several small cuts, through which thin surgical tools are inserted, along with a camera to help the surgeon see inside during the procedure.
  • Robotically-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, in which the surgeon uses small incisions, thin surgical tools, a video camera and a very precise surgical robotic arm to control them from a console in the operating room.

Your physician will consider your particular type and stage of cancer, your overall health and lifestyle, and will review the potential benefits, risks and what to expect with you as a part of the process of deciding whether prostate cancer surgery is right for you.