When Is Surgery Not An Option In The Treatment Of Prostate Cancer, And Are There Other Options?

Dr. Gonzalgo answers the question: 'Alternatives When Surgery Is No Option?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: When is surgery not an option in the treatment of prostate cancer, and are there other options?

Answer: Surgery is not an option for the treatment of prostate cancer when your disease has spread widely beyond the prostate. If you are an older man, if you have a lot of medical problems or if your doctor believes that you cannot tolerate a surgical procedure, then other treatments such as radiation or hormonal therapy may be more suitable for you.