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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE PROSTATE CANCER: CONSIDERING SURGERY: ORCHIECTOMY

Orchiectomy is removal of the testicles. This operation may be recommended in stage U prostate cancer, when the cancer has spread too far to be operable. Removal of the testicles is a means to lower the level of testosterone in an effort to slow the spread of the cancer.

The advantage of an orchiectomy is that it is relatively simple and effective, and it is performed only once. It requires only a local anesthetic, and the patient can usually go home the day of the surgery. There is usually only minor pain or soreness for a few days.

The dangers of orchiectomy include a risk of infection and the possibility of bleeding following the surgery. And although the orchiectomy will lessen the symptoms, it is not curative; the cancer remains. However, the pain from the cancer will often disappear, and sometimes the patient will notice a dramatic diminishing of pain within a few days.

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Men's Health Erectile Dysfunction