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Treatment Comparison

Deciding which prostate cancer treatment option is best for you can be extremely confusing. There are a lot of treatment options available and it is sometimes hard to understand what the pros and cons of each are. The below comparison chart provides a general overview of the various treatment options for your review.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options Comparison Chart

Treatment Description Selected Risks Recovery Selected Outcomes
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)Minimally invasive use of intersecting, precision-focused ultrasound waves to ablate diseased tissue.In approved countries

Incontinence: 0-2%

Impotence: 20-30% 
Temporary catheter worn for approximately 2-3 weeks; resume normal lifestyle almost immediately94% biochemical disease-free survival rate at 4 years

87% negative biopsy rate at 6 months
CryotherapyMinimally invasive procedure using controlled freezeIncontinence: 4-27%

Impotence: 51-80%
2-3 hour procedure with possible overnight stay; return to normal activities within a few days78% biochemical disease free survival at 1 year;

60% at 5-7 years

88% negative biopsy rate at 5 years
Radical ProstatectomyMajor surgery to remove prostate; can be open retropubic, or laparoscopic or roboticIncontinence: 4-34%

Impotence: 51-80%
2-3 day hospital stay; catheter for 2-3 weeks for open surgery; shorter hospitalization and few postoperative complications85-91% biochemical disease-free survival at 2 years;

68-72% biochemical disease-free survival at 10 years
External Beam Radiation6 to 8 week treatment, beaming radiation through healthy tissuesIncontinence: 4-7%

Impotence: 41-62%

Bowel problems more common than with other treatments 
Five treatments per week for 6 to 8 weeks; up to 2 months fatigue after full course of treatment78% survival rate at 5 years

55-65% biochemical disease-free survival at 5 years; 49% at 10 years  
Internal Radiation Seeds (Brachytherapy)Minimally invasive implants of radiation seeds in the prostateIncontinence: 3-18%

Impotence 44-58%
1-2 hour procedure with possible overnight stay; return to normal activities within a few days85 -91% biochemical disease-free survival at 10-12 years

Important Information: The information provided in the chart may not include all potential risk, recovery and outcome information. For further details please consult a physician. HIFU treatment is not currently approved for use by the FDA in the U.S. and is being studied for the treatment of prostate cancer in clinical trials.

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