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Treatment for prostate cancer

Your treatment depends on a number of factors including how big the cancer is and whether it has spread anywhere else in your body as well as your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

This section is about treatment for prostate cancer that hasn't spread to another part of your body. 

Decisions about your treatment

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.

Active surveillance and watchful waiting

Your doctor might use active surveillance to monitor you if you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Watchful waiting is another way of monitoring your cancer.


Surgery is one of the main treatments for prostate cancer.

Hormone therapy

Prostate cancer usually depends on testosterone to grow. Hormone therapy blocks or lowers the amount of testosterone in the body. Find out more.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill prostate cancer cells.

Other treatments

Your doctor may recommend other treatments such as cryotherapy or high intensity ultrasound as part of a clinical trial.

Treatment if your prostate cancer comes back

For many men prostate cancer can be cured with surgery or radiotherapy. But find out what happens if your cancer comes back after treatment. 

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for prostate cancer.

Last reviewed: 
22 Jul 2019

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