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In this video, leading urologist Mr Christopher Eden discusses the advantages and effects of treating prostate cancer with surgery.
Surgery is usually recommended for localised prostate cancer, when the cancer is only found within the prostate gland, or locally advanced prostate cancer, when the cancer has spread outside of the prostate gland but is still connected to the prostate1.
For a patient to be considered for surgery they will also have to be fit enough to tolerate the anaesthetic.
Successful prostate cancer surgery has one very big advantage over other treatments – the cancer is removed from the body. This means that a patient has a final stage, final grade and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level of zero.
Prostate cancer surgeries are performed regularly and have a very high success rate in the UK. Surgeries that fail to remove all of the cancer usually only occur in patients with a high grade and stage of prostate cancer, which means the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Many patients will be concerned about the after effects of prostate surgery on their body. Whilst all prostate cancer surgeries carry some risk of incontinence, lower libido, a weaker erection and impotence2, it is rare for these side effects to last after a recovery period. In the UK, prostate cancer surgery is performed by highly experienced surgeons who perform around 100 to 150 prostate surgeries every year.
Whilst keyhole surgery to treat prostate cancer has become more common in the past ten years, 60% of surgeries in the UK are still performed using the open surgery techniques which have been perfected over the past one hundred years.
The type of surgery chosen will always depend on the health of the patient and the status of the prostate cancer.
Mr Christopher Eden
1. NHS Choices – Prostate cancer treatment. Date last updated: 14.02.2011. Website:
2. NHS Choices – Prostate cancer. Date last updated: 14.02.2011. Website:
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