The number of treatments and all the variables that attach to them can be quite confronting. Especially if you have just been told that you have prostate cancer. How effective each particular treatment is differs from case to case, from person to person and from doctor to doctor. A significant part of the treatment choice is based on the stage and grade of the prostate cancer. Then, understanding which treatments will give the best outcomes and which of these best respect the patients needs will allow us to tailor a treatment plan.

Technologically advanced treatments such as robotic surgery can bring real benefits, but may not be an automatic choice. I will never recommend technology for technology's sake. Choosing a treatment is a doctor and patient driven process and is always made based on what is best for the patient.

About Phillip

Phillip is the Chairman of the Department of Urology, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Clinic since 2003, and a Director of the St Vincent's Prostate Cancer Centre.

The Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in New South Wales recently appointed him as clinical director. He is also a member of the National Prostate Cancer Research Centre

Philip is currently the highest volume robotic surgeon in Australasia

He is perhaps best known for his work developing nerve sparing techniques to help patients maximise potency