Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Treatment for prostate cancer depends on the stage of the disease and the patient's age and overall health. Treatment options may include the following:

  • Medical treatment
    • Watchful waiting (also called active surveillance)
    • Hormone therapy (e.g., Viadur)
    • Treatment for bone metastases
  • Radiation therapy
    • Brachytherapy (radioactive seed implantation)
    • External radiation treatment (XRT)
  • Surgical treatment
    • Cryosurgery (cryoablation)
    • High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
    • Radical prostatectomy
    • Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
    • Robotic laparoscopic radical prostatectomy
    • Lymphadenectomy
  • Natural treatment and support
    • Nutrition
    • Supplements
    • Herbal remedies
    • Presurgical support
    • Postsurgical support
    • Chemotherapy and radiation support

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 09 Jun 1998

Last Modified: 01 Oct 2015