Prostate Cancer

There is no better place for prostate cancer care than Virginia Mason in Seattle. According to the National Cancer Data Base, our five-year survival rate is significantly higher than other regional and national health care providers.

One reason we are so successful in treating prostate cancer is our unique approach to care. Every patient is seen by a skilled team of caregivers who develop a targeted and focused plan of treatment just for him. This multidisciplinary group includes:

  • Surgical, radiological and medical oncologists
  • Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Social workers
  • Physical therapists

Patients receive care from all their specialists in one setting and a cancer care coordinator is with each patient through the entirety of his therapy.

Minimally Invasive Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first hospital in the Northwest to provide robotic, minimally invasive prostate surgery resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times and improved post-operative quality of life. In addition, our highly-skilled team of radiation oncologists and physicists have developed radiation therapy plans and a prostate "seed implant" program (brachytherapy) with demonstrated superior outcomes. Virginia Mason patients choosing brachytherapy do not need to undergo uncomfortable pre-procedure planning required at many other institutions. 

Clinical Trials

Virginia Mason is a leading cancer clinical trial site, offering more than 60 cancer-related clinical trials each year, including studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and industry-sponsored drug trials. Patients benefit from Virginia Mason's Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), a world-renowned research institution that is looking at the causes and cures of autoimmune diseases, and is making those discoveries available to patients through translational (bench to bedside) medicine. BRI cancer trials include the use of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies, as well quality-of-life and symptom management trials. Learn more about our current prostate cancer clinical trials.

Wellness and Rehabilitation

Patient needs are continually assessed and addressed to minimize the effect of prostate cancer on overall health and happiness. We enhance our patients' quality of life — in treatment and recovery — through an emphasis on cancer wellness and rehabilitation, including recommendations and support for sexual function, nutrition and exercise. 

To learn more about prostate cancer care at Virginia Mason or to make an appointment, please call (206) 583-2282.