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An_216516 posted:
My grandfather may have prostate cancer. He was told today that he could not have it removed if it there an age limit when someone is too old to have cancer removed? He is in his 70s.
BillH99 responded:
There is no fixed upper age limit.

But but it does depend on his overall health and how resilient he is.

But there are also radiation treatments of several types.
And cyro surgery, but that is not commonly available.

And an ultrasound treatment, but is an investigative treatment (in the US) and only available at a few locations.

Also, if the biopsy shows a low grade and not very extensive prostate cancer he might have Active Surveillance. Typically PC is very slow growing so with AS it is monitor can no treatment is done unless it appears that the growth become extensive.
bogie11 responded:
My urologist told me that he does not do surgery for patients over 70. I was diagnosed at 82 and chose proton therapy at 84, and it was a most pleasant experience with no side effects. That was 2 yrs ago, and I'm very happy that it was my choice, as were many, many others to whom I've spoken. I am still quite active.

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