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What are the treatment options for me?

Johns Hopkins offers several prostate cancer treatments to best meet your needs, including:

  • Active surveillance (also known as watchful waiting): Includes careful monitoring of the progression of the disease. One active surveillance program at the Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute has followed more than 900 men for over 15 years.
  • Anatomical radical retropubic prostatectomy: Preserves the nerves responsible for continence and sexual function. The procedure was developed and perfected by Johns Hopkins surgeon Patrick Walsh, M.D.
  • Nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy: Developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins, this procedure reduces the risk of damage to surrounding nerves.
  • Radiation therapy: Offered in two types – external beam radiation and brachytherapy, which uses targeted doses of implanted radiation “seeds.”


Find the Right Treatment for You

The prostate cancer team at Johns Hopkins works with you to determine your best course of treatment.

While providing optimal treatment for prostate cancer, the urology specialists also seek to offer shorter hospital stays, reduction in incontinence and a much lower risk of impotency.

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery

For some patients, blood transfusion during surgery is not an option, whether for religious reasons or safety concerns. The Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Johns Hopkins respects this view, offering several procedures through a bloodless approach, including surgery for prostate cancer. Research has shown this can lead to quicker recovery times and fewer infections among patients. If you are interested in having a surgery performed without a blood transfusion, or to learn more, please speak with your physician during your initial consultation at Johns Hopkins.