The prostate is part of the male reproductive system, and just like any other part of the body, it can also be affected by diseases including cancer. The early diagnosis of prostate cancer is especially crucial since cancer cells in this organ can spread to surrounding tissues and organs via the lymphatic system and bloodstream. Common metastatic locations include the bones and lymph nodes. In general, cancer that has metastasised is more difficult and complicated to treat than primary cancer.
Patients with prostate neoplasm can travel to Southeast Asia where comprehensive treatment is offered in many hospitals and dedicated urology centres. In countries such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, the condition is diagnosed using a range of advanced tests and examinations including ultrasound and biopsy. If prostate cancer has been confirmed, additional imaging tests are performed to determine the stage of the disease so the best treatment method can be identified. These imaging tests include bone scan, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) scan.
Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia have several hospitals that are accredited by highly trusted international organisations such as Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). Patients who opt to have the procedures performed in such hospitals can expect high-quality medical care that is comparable to what is offered in Western countries. This is because these hospitals use the same advanced technology and facilities found in the West. The only difference is that they charge significantly less (up to 75% cheaper).
As for the treatment, many world-class hospitals in Southeast Asia also offer comprehensive options based on the severity of the patient's condition. These include surgery that removes the prostate (radical prostatectomy). This procedure is performed using cutting-edge techniques, such as robot-assisted and laparoscopic methods, to improve precision. Such procedures are performed by highly experienced surgeons with most boasting international training and decades of professional experience.