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Talking With Your Doctor About Prostate Cancer Treatment

Treatment for prostate cancer depends on a variety of factors. That's why an informed conversation with your doctor is a key first step.

When Is Watchful Waiting Safe for Prostate Cancer?

Not all prostate cancers require treatment, which can cause more harmful side effects.

What is TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate)?

TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), or prostatectomy, is the surgical removal of all or part of the prostate. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that makes a component of semen. Your doctor may recommend the TURP procedure to treat an enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostate cancer.  

TURP is a major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having TURP. 

Medical Reviewers: Daphne E. Hemmings, MD, MPH Last Review Date: Nov 28, 2012

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