Prostate cancer survival rates are increasing, in part because of improvements in diagnosis and treatment. Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center offers the most advanced therapies for prostate cancer, including leading-edge options available at only a handful of cancer care centers across the country.
Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews every patient’s care plan to deliver the best possible care, and optimal quality of life, from diagnosis to recovery.
Because prostate cancer grows slowly, it may not always require treatment. In some cases, prostate cancer may not pose a significant threat to your life, and it can be observed carefully over time instead of treated immediately. This is called active surveillance.
When treatment is needed, the most effective prostate cancer treatment plan will depend on several factors, including:
- Your age, other medical conditions and overall health
- The stage of your cancer
- Whether the cancer has spread
- Potential side effects of treatment
Prostate cancer treatment options may include:
- Surgery to remove the cancer
- Radiation therapy to kill cancer cells with radiation
- Molecular-targeted therapy
- Vaccine therapy and gene therapy
- Hormone therapy using hormone-blocking medication to prevent cancer growth
- Active surveillance
Your personal team of Scripps MD Anderson specialists develops personalized cancer treatment plans based on proven, evidence-based procedures and therapies with the fewest side effects. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, here is what you should know about treatment options.
Scripps MD Anderson’s multidisciplinary teams of experienced cancer specialists, surgeons, nurses and health professionals customize every man’s cancer treatment plan to reflect not only his medical needs, but his personal and lifestyle needs as well. Additionally, our specially trained nurse navigators are there all along the way to help coordinate care, provide support and guide patients through this time with expertise and compassion.
For more on our approach to treating cancer, visit our Why Scripps section.
Scripps diagnoses and treats prostate cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:
- Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
- Outpatient clinics
- Specialty cancer treatment centers
Visit cancer care locations for details of each cancer hospital, clinic and specialty center.
As leaders in prostate cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your cancer journey.