NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Prostate Cancer - page 77

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Prostate Cancer
Version 1.2014
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Part 8: Making treatment decisions
Definitions:
Anesthesia:
Loss of
feeling with or without loss
of wakefulness caused
by drugs
Catheter:
A flexible tube
inserted into the body
Erectile dysfunction:
The inability to achieve
erections sufficient for sex
Lymph node:
A small
disease-fighting organ
Urethral stricture:
Scarring that blocks or
narrows the urethra
Urinary incontinence:
Inability to control the
release of urine from the
bladder
Urinary retention:
Inability
to empty the bladder
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Read Part 4 for
information on cancer
treatments.
Brachytherapy
Benefits
One day to complete
Fast recovery
Similar cancer control as a prostatectomy for low-risk cancer
Low risk of incontinence when no prior TURP
Maintain erectile function in the short term
Downsides
Requires anesthesia and sometimes a catheter
Risk of urinary retention right after treatment
Uncomfortable voiding for as long as 1 year
Higher risk of incontinence when prior TURP
Risk of erectile dysfunction increases over time
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