There are several treatments available for cancer that is
contained in the prostate (localised prostate cancer) and most aim
to get rid of the cancer.
If you would like to discuss your options, you can call our Specialist Nurses
or chat to a nurse online.
See a list of treatments for localised
Do I need treatment?
Prostate cancer can grow very slowly and may never cause
symptoms or harm in your lifetime. If you have a slow-growing
cancer, the side effects of treatment may be worse than any
problems caused by the cancer. You might prefer to avoid or delay
treatment and any side effects by having your cancer monitored.
Active surveillance and watchful waiting are two options for
monitoring prostate cancer.
Choosing a treatment
Your doctor or nurse will explain all your options and help you
choose the right treatment for you. There is no overall best
treatment and each treatment has its own pros and cons, and side
effects. You might like to discuss some of the following factors
with your doctor or nurse:
- whether your cancer is low, medium or high risk
- your general health and age, for example, if you have any other
medical conditions such as heart disease
- what the treatment involves, pros and cons and the possible
- your own views about different treatments - for example, some
men prefer to have their prostate removed, while others don't like
the idea of surgery
In most cases there is no urgency to decide which treatment to
have. If you need more time, just ask. It might help to write down
any questions you have to ask at your next appointment.
localised prostate cancer