Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men (apart from common skin cancers) and one in five men in Australia are at risk of developing prostate cancer before the age of 85. There are about 17,000 new cases in Australia every year.
The most common symptoms of prostate cancer and non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate are the same: frequent urination, especially at night, a weak or slow urinary stream, difficulty or pain in passing urine or blood in the urine or semen. Patients may also experience bone pain and difficulty in getting an erection. Early prostate cancer does not usually cause symptoms because the growth in the prostate is too small to have an effect on urine flow. Most enlargements of the prostate are not cancer and can easily be treated.
Treatment for prostate cancer depends on a number of factors including the stage of the disease, location of the cancer, severity of the symptoms and the patients general health.
Facing any kind of urological surgery can create anxiety for patients. Professor Gillatt can perform both traditional and robotic surgery.