Prostatectomy Specialist in Sugar Land TX
After a prostate cancer diagnosis, there can be a lot of information to take in. Board-certified urologist, Dr. Carl Ogletree understands this and is dedicated to taking all of the time you need to answer any questions you may have about prostate cancer and your treatment options. For over 15 years, Dr. Ogletree has provided compassionate and comprehensive care to patients suffering from prostate cancer in Sugar Land, TX. The path you and Dr. Ogletree decide to take for treatment depends on certain factors including the stage of the cancer, your age, and your prostate-specific antigen test result, among others. Dr. Ogletree will take the time to provide you with a proper diagnosis to help determine if the prostatectomy is right for you. For more information, contact our office at (281) 565-3569 and schedule an appointment today!
What Are the Risk Factors for Prostate Cancer?
You may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer if you are over 65 years old, have a family history of prostate cancer, and if you are African- American.
What Are the Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer?
There may be more than one treatment necessary and recommended by Dr. Ogletree. Common prostate cancer treatments include:
- Radiation therapy. Radiation is often used after surgery when the cancer hasn’t spread outside of the prostate.
- Brachytherapy. This treatment requires radioactive seeds to be placed inside the prostate gland and is often done when the cancer is found early.
- Hormonal therapy. These types of treatments block the effect or creation of testosterone. Because prostate tumors need testosterone to grow, hormonal therapy can prevent further growth of the cancer. Keep in mind that this treatment does not cure the cancer.
- Chemotherapy. Medication is given to help the body’s immune system fight cancer.
- Prostatectomy. A surgical procedure to remove the prostate and surrounding tissue.
What are the Types of Prostatectomy?
There are 4 main types of prostatectomy:
- Retropubic Surgery – requires an incision below the belly button to remove the prostate gland, causing as little damage to the nerves and blood vessels as possible.
- Perineal Surgery – a cut is made between the anus and base of the scrotum. This is a smaller incision than the retropubic technique but it is harder to spare nerves or remove lymph nodes.
- Laparoscopic Surgery is when the surgeon makes several small cuts and uses long tools and a video camera to see inside during the procedure.
Schedule an Appointment for Prostate Cancer Treatment
If you are suffering from prostate cancer, it is important that you receive treatment that is tailored to you. Discuss your treatment options and learn more by calling Dr. Ogletree at (281) 565-3569 or online through our secure form.