Focal therapy is an individualized approach to prostate cancer treatment that aims to destroy areas of known cancer while preserving uninvolved, non-cancerous tissue, and therefore, preserve quality of life by reducing the side effects (impotence, incontinence) commonly seen with conventional whole gland therapies.
In select cases, your surgeon may decide to augment the results of routine prostate biopsies performed in the clinic setting (TRUS biopsy) with an additional procedure termed three dimensional (3-D) transperineal mapping biopsy.
A retropubic prostatectomy involves the removal of the prostate and the seminal vesicles. Most men are candidates for the nerve-sparing RRP, which allows a man to regain sexual erections as well as full urinary control and function after surgery.
The primary purpose of a laparoscopic prostatectomy is to cure the cancer by removing the prostate gland completely. Some doctors feel that the RALP offers the advantages of lower blood loss and quicker recovery.