Froedtert & the Medical College offer a range of treatment options for prostate cancer that is unmatched in southeastern Wisconsin. Treatments include:

  • Standard brachytherapy ? radioactive ?seeds? are implanted in the prostate in a minor outpatient surgical procedure; the seeds give off radiation at a low dose rate over several weeks and remain in the prostate gland permanently

  • High-dose-rate brachytherapy ? a number of tiny catheters (tubes) are placed into and around the tumor, and a high dose of radiation is delivered through the catheters to the tumor; the entire treatment takes days instead of weeks

  • Intensity modulated radiotherapy ? a process that uses computers to plan the precise delivery of thousands of tiny, thin radiation beams, (rather than a single large radiation beam) to the tumor; the computer determines the best way to deliver treatment by ?modulating? the intensity of each radiation beam

  • TomoTherapy® ? an intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) system ? combines precise 3-D imaging from computerized tomography (CT) scanning with highly targeted radiation beams.

  • Cryosurgery ? uses an instrument to freeze and destroy cancer cells in the prostate gland

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy ? minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery to remove the prostate gland; to perform the surgery, the surgeon manipulates four computerized robot arms

  • Nerve-sparing robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy ? minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery to remove the prostate gland while sparing the nerves that control a man's ability to have an erection; to perform the surgery, the surgeon manipulates four computerized robot arms

  • Open prostatectomy ? open (non-laparoscopic) surgery to remove the prostate gland using a standard incision

  • Nerve-sparing open prostatectomy ? open (non-laparoscopic) surgery that uses a standard incision to remove the prostate gland while sparing the nerves that control a man's ability to have an erection

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