Why choose Mayo Clinic for prostate cancer
- Experience and teamwork. At Mayo Clinic, an expert team of urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists, if needed, work together to provide the best care possible. Mayo Clinic specialists treat several thousand men with prostate cancer each year.
- Full range of treatments available. Mayo Clinic offers a complete range of prostate cancer treatments, including watchful waiting, sometimes called active surveillance; radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and brachytherapy; hormone therapy; surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy); cryosurgery; high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU); and chemotherapy.
- Latest diagnostic and treatment options. Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is currently the only medical center in North America approved by the Food and Drug Administration to prepare and administer Choline C-11 PET scan to help detect sites of prostate cancer that have returned despite treatment (recurrent prostate cancer). Choline C-11 PET scan may be used when other imaging has not been helpful. Choline C-11 PET scan is a positron emission tomography (PET) scan that uses a special chemical tracer called Choline C-11 Injection. Choline C-11 PET scan may help doctors detect possible sites of recurrent prostate cancer that more conventional imaging tests can’t identify. Locating recurrent prostate cancer sooner may allow your doctor to identify small, isolated deposits of cancer — both inside and outside your prostate — that can be targeted for more-effective treatment.
Mayo Clinic is a pioneer in radical prostatectomy and in the use of robotic prostatectomy, making significant advances to the technology and techniques used in this minimally invasive treatment procedure. The robotic system allows smaller and more-precise incisions that promote faster recovery than traditional open or laparoscopic surgery does.
- Latest research. Researchers at Mayo Clinic investigate many issues related to prostate cancer, such as long-term outcomes following surgery. For decades, Mayo Clinic has been compiling a database, believed to be the largest of its kind, which includes records from men who have had prostate cancer surgery. This information can help doctors determine the most effective treatment for each person.
- Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Centermeets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.