Nerve-Sparing Approaches in Cancer Treatment
At the Cancer Center, our doctors are skilled in surgical techniques that avoid damage to surrounding nerves. In treating prostate cancer and testicular cancer, for example, our surgeons aim to effectively remove cancer while preserving normal sexual function.
Why choose UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center for nerve-sparing cancer treatments?
As a premier cancer research and treatment facility, we offer:
- Nationally renowned care: We are the only cancer center recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Central and South Texas.
- Experienced specialists: Out collaborative team of doctors includes six urological oncologists—doctors who treat cancers of the urinary tract and male reproductive organs—each of whom specializes in nerve-sparing cancer treatments.
- Treatment tailored to you: Equally important to surgical skill, however, is a doctor’s decision-making abilities. Our doctors will work with you and each other to decide if nerve-sparing surgery is the right path for your treatment.
- Patient education and support: We offer numerous support services and counseling for patients facing the side effects of their cancer, such as sexual dysfunction, and, in the case of testicular cancer, sperm preservation services.
Nerve-sparing cancer treatment
If you have prostate cancer, you may be wondering if nerve-sparing techniques are an option for you. At our cancer center, your doctors will closely evaluate your examination, pathology and other factors to determine the best treatment course for you. Those treatments include:
- Nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy: This procedure may be an option for patients with prostate cancer that appears to be located entirely inside the prostate gland. During this surgery, our highly experienced surgeons remove the prostate gland, while preserving as much of the surrounding nerves and blood vessels (called neurovascular bundles) as is possible, given the type of tumor present. Either one or both bundles can be spared. These nerve structures are responsible for penile erections.
- Nerve-sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection: This procedure may be appropriate for some patients with testicular cancer who require surgery to remove the lymph nodes in the back portion of the abdomen. By sparing the nerves in this region, it can permit normal ejaculation after surgery. While the surgery does not affect erections, without a nerve-sparing approach, a loss of the normal ejaculation process is seen. This is a highly specialized operation that is only performed by the most skilled urologic oncologists.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment or to make a referral to one of our physicians, call 210-450-1000.
For information about cancer treatment or clinical trials, call: 1-800-340-2872.