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The Prostate Cancer Treatment Options at Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona

Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in men. In fact, one in six men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer during their lifetime. When detected early, it is also one of the most treatable. If you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are a number of therapy options available to you ranging from minimally invasive treatments, such as radiation, to state-of-the-art surgical procedures, like the da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy.

Spearheaded by Doctors Jeffery A. Stern and Aaron LaTowsky, Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona stands at the forefront of prostate cancer care in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding region. Available treatments, include, but are not limited to:

  • Brachytherapy: An internal form of radiation therapy, Brachytherapy involves the insertion of radioactive seeds into the prostate. Over time, these seeds emit radioactive energy, killing surrounding cancerous cells.
  • Cryotherapy: In this minimally invasive prostate cancer treatment, cancerous tissue is frozen and ablated.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy: Using image-guided technology, beams of high-energy X-rays are directed to the area of malignancy. External radiation is administered in a series of sessions over a period of six to nine weeks.
  • Hormone Therapy: To shrink the cancer and slow its growth, hormone therapy works by preventing or blocking testosterone, the hormone fueling prostate cancer growth.
  • Robotic Prostatectomy: In this minimally invasive alternative to an open prostatectomy, cancerous prostate glands and surrounding tissues are excised via surgeon-controlled robotic arms and instrumentation. Enhanced precision and reduced complications are the benefits of this state-of-the-art prostate cancer treatment.

Deciding on a Prostate Cancer Treatment

The form of recommended prostate cancer therapy varies by patient. The urologic specialists of Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona will carefully evaluate a patient’s age, life expectancy, past medical history, and cancer stage and grade. Treatments and associated risks will be discussed in detail with each patient to ensure the chosen treatment approach is best in terms of circumstance and lifestyle. Schedule a consultation today at one of seven practices conveniently located in Anthem, Buckeye, Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Litchfield Park, Anthem, and Wickenburg, Arizona.

Prostate Cancer

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da Vinci Robotic

The da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy represents the next revolution in surgery for prostate cancer. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, it allows the surgeon to remove the prostate using small incisions instead of the traditional large incision. For the patient, this typically means less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, less pain, and a quicker return to normal activities after the procedure.

da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy

Meet the Providers


Jeffrey A. Stern, MD, FACS

Aaron W. LaTowsky, MD

David J. Kaplan, MD

Chandan Kundavaram, MD

John Mai, MD

Paul M. Papoff, MD, FRCS(C)

Amy Schlaifer, MD


Jennifer Klauschie, MD

Keri Wong, MD


Loren L. Faaborg, MD, FACOG

Advanced Practice Providers:

Tyler W. Chavez, MHS, PA-C

Katie Gillies, MMS, PA-C

Madison Palmer, PA-C

Debbie Sullivan, PhD, RN, PA-C

Jamie Tumbleson, ANP

Areas of Expertise

Prostate Cancer
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
GreenLight Laser
Female Vaginal Prolapse
Erectile Dysfunction
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

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