Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in American men, but because of its complexity does not respond well to a “one size fits all” mentality. If you need treatment for prostate cancer, then you need the experience and expertise of a team of physicians who focus on treating prostate cancer.
Expert Prostate Cancer Care in North Carolina
Known as a major innovator in the treatment of prostate cancer, as well as the home of a major research center devoted to understanding prostate cancer, patients at the Comprehensive Cancer Center receive the best possible care. We offer clinical trials and well as an “out of the box” approach to prostate cancer care, including a wide spectrum of prostate surgeries and treatments, including the new prostate cancer vaccine, known as Provenge® (sipuleucel-T). Our experience in performing delicate prostate surgeries—both the open, traditional approach as well as the minimally invasive, robotic approach—is matched by our team’s caring and compassionate approach to patient and families.
Prostate Cancer Treatment
There are many factors when considering treating prostate cancer including thegrade and stage of tumor, age, functional status, expectations, personality and lifestyle. Wake Forest Baptist takes a multidisciplinary team approach to prostate cancer care with surgeons, medical oncologists, interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists working together to determine the best options for each patient.
Treatment options can include:
- Watchful waiting
- Hormone therapy
- Focal therapy
Advanced Treatments for Prostate Cancer at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Health offers the most technologically advanced radiation therapies available, which are used as a primary treatment or together with surgery. Advanced treatments include:
Our urologic surgeons are pioneers in the field of robotic surgery used in the treatment of prostate cancer. Robotic-assisted surgery involves the surgeon directing the robot to make tiny incisions to remove the tumor. This type of precision could not be achieved without the da Vinci® Surgical System. The importance of this precision is critical to patients’ retention of sexual and bladder function, as well as capturing the malignant tissues of the tumor.
Watch a webcast about a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.
Brachytherapy uses small radioactive implants near the prostate to destroy the cancer. Wake Forest Baptist has one of the only Digital Integrated Brachytherapy (IBU) Units in the United States. The IBU concept integrates all aspects of brachytherapy treatment. Patient preparation, applicator insertion, imaging, treatment planning and delivery are all provided in a single, shielded room. Learn more about prostate brachytherapy.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
IMRT focuses radiation on the tumor and surrounding at-risk tissues while sparing nearby normal tissues. Anatomic CT or MRI images are used in combination with computer-generated radiation dose calculations and a computer-controlled linear accelerator to conform or “paint” the radiation dose very precisely to match the shape of the tumor to be treated, avoiding critical structures that may be only millimeters away. The addition of daily IGRT allows reliable delivery of sophisticated IMRT plans despite the fact that the prostate changes shape due to normal digestive patterns. This combination holds great promise for improving local tumor control and survival. Learn more about radiation therapy at Wake Forest Baptist Health.