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This section provides an overall picture of a rapidly changing and highly important area of men's health - prostate cancer and its effective treatment. A wide variety of information has been assembled here to aid patients, their families and their friends to quickly access vitally needed perspectives on the care of the prostate, including breakthroughs in minimally invasive approaches to prostate surgery.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in males in the United States. Sixteen percent of American men will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. For a large majority of these men, treatment for prostate cancer results in positive outcomes and a return to good health.
With greater awareness of the high incidence of the disease, it is now being found earlier and mortality rates are declining. This fact, coupled with new medical treatment options, provide new promise for victims of prostate cancer. The vast majority of these patients will go on to live active and productive lives after treatment. Your urologist will explain the range of options available to you to treat the disease.
If your urologist recommends surgery to treat your prostate cancer, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive approach to surgery called da Vinci® Prostatectomy. This approach to prostatectomy provides access to the internal anatomy through five small incisions. The surgeon is empowered to perform a very precise, nerve-sparing operation with the da Vinci® Surgical System. For the patient, da Vinci® Prostatectomy may result in more complete eradication of cancer, retention of bladder control and potency.