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By Pamela Ellsworth

A hundred Questions & solutions approximately Prostate melanoma presents authoritative and useful solutions to the most typical questions requested via sufferers and their family. supplying either health care professional and sufferer views, this easy-to-read publication is a finished advisor to the fundamentals of prostate melanoma, chance components and prevention, prognosis, remedy, survivorship, and existence after analysis. Written through Dr. Pamela Ellsworth, a popular urologist and best-selling writer, Questions & solutions approximately Prostate melanoma is a useful source for somebody drawn to studying what to anticipate after being clinically determined with prostate melanoma.

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Brachytherapy A form of radiation therapy whereby radioactive pellets are placed into the prostate. Percutaneous Through the skin. QXP 3/12/10 2:42 PM Page 50 100 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT MEN’S HEALTH Figure 12 The da Vinci surgical system. © 2009 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Used with Permission. high-energy radiation are aimed at the prostate (or other target organ), may be used in addition to the interstitial seeds. Conformal EBRT EBRT that uses CT scan images to better visualize radiation targets and normal tissues.

Longer recovery period, 2–4% incidence of permanent incontinence. 20–40% incidence of permanent impotence. Advantages Minimally invasive, no blood loss. Quicker recovery; one-time procedure; can be used in those who cannot undergo RRPX or as salvage procedure for local recurrence after XRT. One-time procedure that may cure prostate cancer in earlier stages. Allows for pathologic staging of disease. PSA goes to undetectable if no remaining prostate cancer. Cryotherapy External beam radiation therapy Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer (Continued) Mode of Treatment Table 7 If it fails locally, external beam radiation therapy is used.

It was initially thought that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) would be very helpful in determining whether capsular penetration and extracapsular disease were present; however, it has only proved to be useful in centers that perform large numbers of MRIs. Similarly, the use of computed tomographic (CT) scanning in assessing whether or not the cancer has spread to the pelvic lymph nodes has been disappointing. Knowing the stage (the size and the extent of spread) of the prostate cancer helps the doctor counsel you on treatment options.

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