Salvage Surgery

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Surgeons Utilize Cutting-Edge Surgical Techniques for Prostate Cancer Treatment

The Urologic Oncology Center team may suggest salvage treatment to a patient with a prostate cancer, typically after unsuccessful radiation treatment. The UH Seidman Cancer Center physician will discuss with the patient the benefits and disadvantages of salvage surgery to determine if it is a viable treatment option.

There are a wide variety of salvage treatments for men with local recurrence of prostate cancer after radiation therapy. These options include:

  • Continued observation
  • Immediate, continuous or intermittent hormone therapy
  • Further local therapy with radiofrequency thermal ablation
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Salvage cryoablation
  • Salvage brachytherapy

Research shows that salvage prostatectomy provides excellent local control of prostate cancer in most patients. Salvage radical prostatectomy offers immediate intraoperative and postoperative results similar to those for men undergoing a standard radical prostatectomy.

Salvage surgery can be performed after unsuccessful external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy or combinations of these techniques.

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