Partial Prostatectomy

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Partial Prostatectomy

Partial prostatectomy, also known as focal therapy or partial gland ablation, is a surgical procedure performed to remove only a portion of the prostate gland affected by cancer, rather than the entire gland. It is a treatment option for localized prostate cancer, particularly in cases where the cancer is confined to a specific area of the prostate.

When and why do people go for Partial Prostatectomy?

People may opt for partial prostatectomy when they are diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, and the cancer is limited to a specific region of the prostate gland. Partial prostatectomy is chosen to preserve as much of the healthy prostate tissue as possible while removing only the cancerous portion. It may be recommended for patients who wish to minimize the risk of side effects associated with removing the entire prostate gland, such as urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction, while still effectively treating the cancer.

What makes Partial Prostatectomy different from other treatment options?

Partial prostatectomy differs from other treatment options for prostate cancer, such as radical prostatectomy (removal of the entire prostate gland), radiation therapy, and active surveillance, in that it selectively targets and removes only the cancerous portion of the prostate gland. While other treatments may be used to remove the entire gland or target the entire prostate with radiation, partial prostatectomy focuses on preserving as much healthy tissue as possible to minimize the risk of side effects while still effectively treating the cancer.

How does life change after a Partial Prostatectomy?

Life after partial prostatectomy can vary depending on the extent of surgery, the stage of the cancer, and the individual's overall health and well-being. While some patients may experience temporary side effects such as urinary urgency, frequency, or changes in sexual function following surgery, many find relief from the removal of cancerous tissue and a reduced risk of cancer recurrence. With proper rehabilitation, support, and follow-up care, many patients are able to lead fulfilling lives after partial prostatectomy. Regular follow-up appointments, monitoring, and ongoing care are essential for managing potential complications, monitoring for recurrence, and supporting long-term recovery after partial prostatectomy.

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