Common Questions: The Procedure
Will I need adjuvant therapy or radiation after prostate cancer surgery?
Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is curative in most cases.
In rare cases, depending on the nature of the cancer, it may be wise to use adjuvant therapy (additional prostate cancer treatment) with anti-androgen drugs (a.k.a. hormones), chemotherapy, or radiation after prostate cancer surgery. Generally speaking, the decisions to use additional prostate cancer treatments after laparoscopic radical prostatectomy or any form of prostate cancer surgery are partly based on observations made by the pathologist of the surgical specimen. In any event, the decision to add adjuvant therapy with hormones, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment is complicated and should be made in close consultation with a prostate cancer specialist.