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Prostate Cancer Treatment Program

Program Overview

From routine prostate screenings to complex treatment of prostate cancer, Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center brings together world-class skill, leading-edge technology and the most modern care available in a complete, comprehensive facility. Our team of professionals includes board-certified urologists, dedicated radiologists, oncologists, highly qualified surgeons, specially trained oncology nurses, psycho-oncology practitioners and nutritionists. We work together with one goal in mind – to ensure your good health and make your experience as comfortable as possible.

Treatment

Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center has one driving force – your good health and well-being. We bring together premier physicians, the most advanced equipment and the latest therapies to treat prostate cancer.

Your case is presented to a multidisciplinary team of physicians and other specialists who discuss care plans and confirm the best treatment approach. These prospective patient planning conferences help ensure optimum care and outcome.

At every step, we offer emotional support and personalized services. As an integral part of the treatment team, you will take an active role in all treatment decisions. We respect your opinions and listen to your concerns.

Surgical treatment options

Prostatectomy, or surgical removal of the prostate, is the most common treatment for prostate cancer. Our surgeons use the latest techniques to provide more options than ever for men who want to control their cancer while maintaining quality of life.

Some cancers require traditional open surgery, but surgeons are increasingly able to perform minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopic surgery, for shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery.

Robotic-assisted prostatectomy

If your physician recommends surgery, you may be a candidate for this new, less-invasive approach. Robotic-assisted surgery integrates robotics, computer technology and surgical skill to simplify surgery and make it less traumatic. Learn about the benefits of robotic-assisted prostate removal

Traditional radical prostatectomy

In some cases, the conventional method of radical prostatectomy, an open surgical procedure, provides the optimum chance for a cure. If your physicians determine this is your treatment of choice, rest assured the skilled surgeons at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center will bring the highest level of expertise and experience to your procedure.

Chemotherapy

Though not a standard form of treatment for prostate cancer, chemotherapy may be used with recurring forms of cancer being treated with hormonal therapy. Some clinical trials are evaluating the value of chemotherapy prior to radiation or surgical treatment.

Radiation

Radiation therapy may be used as the sole form of treatment for early stages of prostate cancer or for those patients who are not candidates for surgery. Radiation therapy may also be used in addition to surgery in more advanced stages. Types of therapy include external-beam radiation and interstitial implantation of radioisotopes. Forms of therapy are dependent upon the stage of the cancer and the intended purpose of treatment.

Clinical trials

 

Clinical trials test new therapies to find better ways to treat cancer and help cancer patients. Through Memorial Hermann’s association with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Vanguard Urologic Research Foundation, we often have access to leading-edge clinical trials. Your treatment team will discuss possible options with you.

For more information about clinical research trials for cancer, visit the Vanguard Urological Research Foundation.

Additional Services

The Prostate Cancer Program at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center offers a wide range of services to help in your journey toward healing of body, mind and spirit.

  • Nurse Navigator - The nurse navigator is your own “point person” at the Cancer Center, an expert oncology clinician and patient advocate who assists patients during their course of treatment.
  • Psychosocial counseling and support
  • Nutritional counseling provided by registered dietitians
  • Physical and rehabilitation services
  • Pain management
  • Cancer resources and education

Signature Suites and Services

Designed for discerning patients who prefer inpatient hospital care in an atmosphere more commonly associated with fine hotels, our Signature Suites and Services offer attentive care in a private, healing retreat. These luxuriously appointed suites range in size from single to three-room accommodations. Overnight guests are welcome.

Appointments and Referrals

    If you or someone you care about would like more information about prostate cancer or treatment, call (713)704-3961.