BATON ROUGE — Nearly 300,000 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in 2024, according to the American Cancer Society.

Treatments include chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, radiation and robotic surgery. Experts say advances in robotic prostate surgery are making it easier for patients to get back on their feet.

About 1 in 8 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Many of these patients undergo surgery to remove the cancerous tumor.

“Prostate cancer tends to be a slower growing tumor,” said urologist Matthew Tollefson.

According to Tollefson, surgery is a common option for many men, especially if the cancer is confined to the prostate.

“Surgery is a common treatment for prostate cancer, especially if we can confirm that the tumor is confined to the prostate. It is clear that physically removing it can cure someone of cancer,” Tollefson said.

Medical innovations have led to better procedures for removing cancer and now robotic prostate surgery has been upgraded.

“Instead of all the instruments coming in through separate incisions, they come in through a single incision. The robot can then go out into the abdominal cavity and remove the prostate that way,” Tollefson said.

He says patients recover faster and have less pain thanks to the single-port robotic procedure.