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Radical Prostatectomy
da Vinci Prostatectomy
External Beam Radiation
Radioactive Seed Implantation
Hormonal Ablation Therapy

We are part of the The Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

Pros and Cons:
External Beam Radiation

Pros: Cons:
A completely non-invasive option requiring no anesthesia or hospitalization There is one treatment per day, five days per week, for eight weeks
Painless Short term bowel irritation (diarrhea, loose stools, rectal urgency) is common
Newer techniques focus radiation beam more effectively reducing side effects and long term complications Long term (occurring one year or longer after treatment) side effects occasionally have significant effects on the bowel or bladder
A treatment, like surgery, that has been around for a long time, so long term effects are well known If cancer recurs after radiation, future treatment is more complicated, and surgical removal is usually not possible

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