6 years – 1851 patients
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Precise Identification & Leading Treatment
Hackensack University Medical Center utilizes both MRI and ultrasound biopsy guidance technology in its UroNav system. We then individualize treatment depending on the localization, volume grade, stage, and molecular biology of the tumor.
The surgeons at Hackensack University Medical Center are among the best in the region at prostate surgery that preserves continence and sexual function.
Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Some patients present or develop prostate cancer that has traveled from the prostate to other parts of the body. We rely on hypersensitive PSA tests, advanced imaging, and, when appropriate, molecular signature techniques to identify and stage patients with suspected metastatic prostate cancer.
Once it is determined that the cancer is located outside the prostate, we work with our radiation oncology and medical oncology teams to design the best treatment plan. Our team is constantly involved in clinical trials offering new options, including novel therapies such as biological agents and checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy for patients with genitourinary malignancies.
Surgery for Prostate Cancer
- Radical prostatectomy. This surgery to remove the prostate may be recommended for men with cancer that hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes, the bones, or other organs. Our surgeons use laparoscopic robotic technology to remove the prostate gland. In most cases, our surgeons are able to carefully preserve the bundle of nerves close to the prostate that control erectile function.
Radiation Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Radiation therapy can be used in combination with surgery and other therapies to treat advanced prostate cancer, especially in cases when cancer cells have broken through the prostate, there is a high risk of recurrence, or not all cancer cells were removed during surgery.
External beam radiation therapy such as IGRT can be combined with hormone therapy or internal radiation therapy called brachytherapy, which involves placing tiny radioactive pellets directly into your prostate to deliver targeted radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy also can be used as a palliative treatment to relieve pain or to treat prostate cancer that has spread to other areas of your body. Hackensack is also one of only a few medical centers to offer an injectable therapy called Xofigo®, for prostate cancer that has spread to your bones.
Medical Oncology for Advanced Prostate Cancer
If you have advanced or recurring prostate cancer, our medical oncologists will use the latest therapies to provide effective prostate cancer care. They participate in a range of prostate cancer clinical trials that provide you with access to the most promising treatments. Depending on your specific situation, your prostate cancer treatment plan may include:
- Hormone Therapy
Hormone therapy is used to lower the levels of male hormones in your body to prevent prostate cancer cells from growing. You may be a good candidate for hormone therapy if your prostate cancer comes back after previous treatment or if your prostate cancer has spread and is unable to be treated with surgery or radiation. Although hormone therapy is usually used to treat advanced or recurring cases of prostate cancer, it can be used in combination with radiation therapy or before radiation therapy in some situations.
Chemotherapy treats cancer using medications that are given through an intravenous (IV) injection or pill and travel throughout your body. If your prostate cancer has spread to other areas of your body or if hormone therapy is not working, chemotherapy may be an option for you.
- Vaccine Treatment
Our medical oncologists offer a vaccine called Provenge, which helps your immune system to fight prostate cancer cells. Vaccine therapy may be an option if your prostate cancer is not responding to hormone therapy.
Supporting All of You
Although our goal is to provide highly effective prostate cancer care, we also understand the importance of maintaining your quality of life and overall well-being during your treatment. That’s why we have a team of dedicated support professionals who offer a range of complimentary services and therapies. Our specialists can help you manage the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, coordinate your care, assist with financial concerns, and promote your emotional, physical, social and spiritual health.