Find out about the different types of surgery for prostate cancer.
The type of surgery you need for cancer of the prostate depends on:
- the size of the cancer and whether it has spread outside the prostate gland
- what the cells look like under a microscope
- the likely outlook for your condition (your prognosis)
- your general health
- your symptoms
There are different types of surgery you might have for prostate cancer.
Surgery to remove your prostate gland
An operation to remove prostate cancer is major surgery. The aim of this surgery is to cure your cancer.
You have the operation under general anaesthetic. You will be asleep for the whole time. You may need to travel to a specialist centre to have your surgery.
You may have all of your prostate gland removed. A nerve sparing prostatectomy tries to prevent erection problems after the operation.
Surgery to remove the inner part of your prostate to relieve symptoms
You may have only the inner part of your prostate removed to relieve symptoms.
Surgery to remove your testicles to help control the growth of the cancer
Some men have their testicles removed (orchidectomy) to help control the growth of their cancer.