At the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, we offer some of the most advanced treatments for prostate cancer throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Our team includes a world-renowned surgeon who pioneered robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer.
You may receive more than one type of treatment, depending on several factors, including the grade of the tumor, where it is located and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. Before we set up a specific treatment plan for your prostate cancer, we will take the following into account:
- Your age, overall health and medical history
- The extent of the disease
- Your tolerance of specific medicines, procedures or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the disease
- Your opinion or preference
Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer
Your urologic oncologist may suggest active surveillance if your prostate cancer is in an early stage and growing slowly. Instead of immediate treatment, your doctor will check you regularly and perform tests to monitor your prostate cancer.
Our team will discuss the options available so that you can make the best treatment decision.
Introducing Focal One: Non-invasive Robotic-Assisted Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Focal One is the world’s most advanced high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology. This technology is available for men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer.
With Focal One, our surgeons can locate the contours around the diseased tissue and destroy the tumor with high-intensity ultrasound waves. This procedure reduces the risk of damaging healthy tissue and minimizes side effects. HIFU is customized for each patient, preserving your quality of life.
Prostate Cancer Surgery
In most cases, your urologic oncologist will remove the entire prostate and nearby lymph nodes.
We specialize in robot-assisted minimally invasive prostate surgery (prostatetomy) using the da Vinci Surgical System. In this procedure, your surgeon uses a console to control miniature surgical equipment inserted into the body through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive surgery means less blood loss and pain, and a faster recovery.
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Radiation therapy is an option for men with early-stage prostate cancer. It also may be used after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells.
There are two types of radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer:
Computer imaging is used to closely target the prostate cancer. This procedure allows for a higher dose of radiation with less damage to surrounding tissue.
Radioactive seeds are inserted into the prostate, where they attack the cancer cells by giving off radiation.
Prostate cancer radiation therapy can sometimes result in the injury of nearby healthy tissue, causing unwanted side effects such as bowel dysfunction. That’s why we now offer SpaceOAR Hydrogel, an innovative device aimed at helping to maintain quality of life and minimize side effects of radiation treatment by protecting organs at risk during treatment.
Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer
Hormone therapy blocks male hormones, which can cause prostate cancer to grow. This treatment is used in advanced prostate cancer, or in combination with surgery or radiation therapy. In some cases it includes surgery to remove the testicles, the body’s main source of testosterone.
Chemotherapy for Prostate Cancer
Chemotherapy kills fast-growing cancer cells and may be used to treat advanced prostate cancer. It is usually administered intravenously.
Prostate Cancer Doctors
From your first appointment to treatment and recovery our world-renowned doctors are there throughout your journey. Meet our expert team of prostate cancer surgeons and oncologists providing the best possible prostate care for your needs.