Prostate Cancer Treatment

Leading-Edge Treatment

Our leading-edge Prostate Care Program and highly experienced health care professionals, provide advanced treatments including: robotic prostatectomy, hormone therapy and prostate seed implantation-radiation.

Seed Implantation-Radiation

Northside performs more prostate seed implants than any provider in Georgia. A procedure performed under general anesthesia involves directly implanting between 80 to 120 tiny radioactive pellets, into the prostate gland. The seeds which are smaller than a grain of rice, are positioned to target and ultimately eliminate cancerous cells without harming surrounding tissue. The procedure is often done on an outpatient basis.  Most daily activities can be resumed fairly quickly after surgery. Additional radiation treatments may be required.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

A prostate cancer treatment that can be used independently or after prostate seed implantation. This treatment may greatly reduce a patient’s recovery time, the likelihood of impotence, and it may reduce the risk of incontinence when compared to radical prostatectomy. Brachytherapy places the radiation inside the tumor, tightly focused within the site of the cancer. This outpatient procedure targets cancer with higher radiation doses without damaging surrounding normal tissue.

Robotic Prostatectomy

As a pioneer in laparoscopic procedures, Northside leads Georgia in daVinci robotic prostatectomy procedures. Laparoscopic procedures are minimally invasive and allow the surgeon to view 3D, high-definition images during surgery. The surgeon can manipulate robotic arms to attain a greater range of motion than humanly possible. As a result, patients experience smaller incisions, less pain and scarring, reduced blood loss, quicker recovery and return of sexual function. Northside leads the state in total number of laparoscopic daVinci™ robotic prostatectomy surgeries performed.

What robotic surgery means for the patient:

  • Smaller risk of impotence or erectile dysfunction - Prostatectomy
  • Smaller risk of leakage / urinary incontinence - Prostatectomy
  • Reduced pain and trauma
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Less risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery and return to work
  • Less scarring

Hormone Therapy

A therapy used to lower the level of male hormones that promote tumor growth when cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland and surgery and radiation usually are not effective. Chemotherapy may also be used to extend life when hormonal therapy is no longer effective.

Cryosurgery

We are also one of the few hospitals in Atlanta performing cryosurgery, a procedure that freezes and destroys prostate cancer cells. It is a treatment option for those patients whose early-stage cancer is confined to the prostate gland. Less invasive than traditional surgery, Cryosurgery may be an option for men who cannot have surgery or radiation therapy because of their age or other medical conditions.


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Robotic Prostate Surgery


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