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Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Making a decision about prostate cancer treatment can be confusing. The following information can help you learn more the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option. You and your doctor should also discuss treatments currently not available in Saskatchewan (low dose brachytherapy, cryoablation and high intensity ultrasound) to determine if one of these options is right for you.

What Are Some Other Treatment Options?
An overview of treatment options.

Conservative Management of Prostate Cancer

What is "Active Surveillance"?

Surgical Treatment Options

What is Radical Prostectomy?

Radical Retropubic Prostectomy - Understanding the Procedure
Multimedia presentation (24 minutes) containing comprehensive information about the procedure, how to prepare for surgery, and what to expect after surgery.

Radical Retropubic Prostectomy - Understanding the Risks
Multimedia presentation (16 minutes) explaining potential risks associated with radical prostectomy.

Treatment with Radiation Therapy

What is Radiation Therapy?

External Beam Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Multimedia presentation (24 minutes) explaining types of radiation therapy, risks and side effects.

What is Brachytherapy? ("low dose" brachytherapy not available in Saskatchewan)
Multimedia presentation (24 minutes) explaining how the therapy works, how to prepare for the procedure, side effects and follow-up.

Treatment Options outside Saskatchewan

What is Cryoablation? (service not available in Saskatchewan)
Multimedia presentation (15 minutes) explaining how Cryoablation works, how to prepare for the procedure, and what side-effects to expect.

What is High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound? (service not available in Saskatchewan)
Multimedia presentation (19 minutes) explaining how High Intensity Focused Ultrasound works, how to prepare for the procedure, and what side-effects to expect.

Treatment with Androgen Deprivation Therapy

What is Hormone Therapy?
Multimedia presentation (19 minutes) explaining the advantages, disadvantages and uses of Hormone Therapy.

What Medications Are Used to Treat Prostate Cancer?

Androgen Deprivation Therapy Education Program

Making a Decision about Treatment

The Prostate Assessment Pathway
Nurse Navigators in the Prostate Assessment Pathway can provide you with more information and help you work with your care providers to select a treatment option. If you do not already have an appointment with a Prostate Nurse Navigator, contact a Prostate Assessment Centre:
St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon - (306) 655-5420
Pasqua Hospital, Regina - (306) 766-6210

What Do I need to Know about Treatment Decisions?

Localized Prostate Cancer - Making a Treatment Decision
Multimedia presentation (33 minutes) containing information that can be used when making treatment decisions.

Should I Have Radiation Therapy or a Prostectomy?

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