Prostate cancer treatment in Pensacola, Florida
West Florida Healthcare is dedicated to bringing advanced treatments to the Greater Pensacola area. Our prostate doctors at West Florida Hospital provide minimally invasive treatment to patients with prostate cancer.
With an advanced approach to prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate, we provide optimal care and quick recovery times for our patients.
For more information on our prostate cancer treatment, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (850) 494-3212.
The prostate is a male reproductive gland that produces a fluid found in semen. Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that empties urine from the bladder.
Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland, and it may spread to other places in the body. Most men don't experience symptoms, so it's important to go to annual checkups. Prostate cancer can be detected with blood tests such as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and the digital rectal exam (DRE).
Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Greater awareness has led prostate cancer detection to increase and mortality to decline. As treatments have improved throughout the years, more men are returning to active and productive lives.
If you have an early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options. These may include conservative management, radiation therapy with either external bream or brachytherapy therapy, cryosurgery and prostatectomy, which is the surgical removal of the prostate. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease, your age, health and personal preference.
The most widely accepted procedure in the U.S. today for prostate cancer care is prostatectomy. Prostatectomy is performed for men 70 years old and younger with early-stage, organ-confined cancer.
The goals of prostatectomy are to (most importantly) remove the cancer, preserve urinary function and preserve erectile function, when applicable. Nerves that run alongside the prostate are often damaged when removing the prostate, but a prostatectomy spares these nerves. In doing so, the patient can return to his prior erectile function.
Traditional open prostatectomy
With a traditional open procedure, your surgeon uses an 8-10 inch incision to access the prostate. This approach often results in a longer recovery than the robotic surgery.
Conventional laparoscopic surgery
This surgery uses a specialized surgical camera and rigid instruments to access and remove the prostate using a series of small incisions. This approach provides your surgeon with better visualization than an open approach.
In addition, it provides patients the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure. However, it's a rare choice for urologists since the technology it uses is more rigid and standard than that of robotic surgery.
This minimally invasive surgery is quickly becoming the preferred treatment for removal of the prostate in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer. In fact, studies suggest that robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive prostate surgery performed today.
Robot-assisted prostatectomy is performed with the assistance of a robot-assisted surgical system. This enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that robot-assisted prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.
Though any diagnosis of cancer can be traumatic, the good news is that if your doctor recommends prostate surgery, the cancer was probably caught early. And, with robotic surgery, the likelihood of a complete recovery from prostate cancer without long-term side effects is, for most patients, better than it has ever been.