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Diabetes and Prostate Cancer



My dad, 61 years old has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. His PSA before biopsy was 4.1. He was opting for surgery but because he is overweight and has diabetes his doctor will not perform the surgery. He is to start on hormone therapy along with radiation. My question, with his diabetes is he more at risk performing the surgery than doing radiation? His diabetes is not under control and his prostate cancer is localized. Thanks.


Diabetes in general is not a reason to avoid prostate removal. There are many approaches to prostate surgery including laparoscopic and robotic prostatectomy. You may want to ask for a second opinion from a urologist who offers these techniques.

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Lee E Ponsky, MD Lee E Ponsky, MD
Associate Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University