Your prostate cancer specialist says surgery is an option for curing or controlling your disease. What could surgery involve and what are the possible side effects?
Getting the score
A diagnosis of prostate cancer usually follows a biopsy and other tests. Your cancer will be ranked with a score, grade and stage and these numbers can determine whether surgery is offered as a treatment option.
There are three types of surgical approaches, each of which should be similarly effective when conducted by a skilled and experienced surgeon. No offence intended to the specialist, but it’s worthwhile checking they have a proven record, just as you’d want the best mechanic looking after your car. You shouldn’t feel pressure to select any medical practitioner because they’re the closest or cheapest. TrueNTH has an excellent online decision support tool to help you in the decision making process.
Cutting out your cancer can have an impact on areas adjacent to the prostate. Muscles involved in urination and nerves vital for erections may be damaged, or even removed, to give you your best shot at a cure. The two main side effects include incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
- Incontinence is where men experience dribbling or leaking of urine. You can learn more about how TrueNTH can help you with this issue on our Leaking urine page.
- Erectile dysfunction is another common side effect. Options for helping with erectile dysfunction are listed on the Relationships, sex and erections page.