• Prostate Cancer

    More men are at risk for prostate cancer than any other cancer. But today, prostate cancer is more of a chronic condition rather than a life-threatening disease. That’s because with early diagnosis, we can successfully treat prostate cancer.

    About Prostate Cancer

    Your prostate is a small, walnut-size organ located just below the bladder that helps make seminal fluid. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells that normally make prostate secretions become damaged and grow out of control. Learn more about prostate cancer.

    Signs and Symptoms

    If you have prostate cancer, it may cause your prostate to swell and block the urethra, making it difficult or painful to urinate. Other symptoms might include blood in your urine, pain in your pelvis or ribs, or problems with erections.

    All men are at risk for prostate cancer. As you age, your risk increases. See your doctor for regular checkups, even if you don’t have any symptoms of prostate cancer.

    Diagnosis

    The American Cancer Society recommends men and their doctors talk about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer screening starting at age 50. For men with a high risk of prostate cancer, talk to your doctor at age 40 or 45. Your doctor may use several tests to see if you have prostate cancer, including:

    • Biopsy of prostate tissue to check for cancer cells.
    • Physical exam of the rectum to check for lumps or swelling of the prostate.
    • PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood testing to measure the amounts of certain substances that may indicate cancer.

    When doctors discover prostate cancer early, the five-year survival rate is between 95 to 100 percent. If you are in the early stages of prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend "watchful waiting" as a treatment option. Watchful waiting means your doctor will monitor your hormone levels and use physical exams to watch for any growth of your prostate.

    Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

    Treatment

    Our highly skilled urologic oncologists have additional and advanced training and experience, and follow the latest medical research about prostate cancer treatment. Our team of urologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to find the best treatment option for you when watchful waiting is no longer the best option. These treatment options may include:

    • Brachytherapy: placing radioactive ‘seeds’ in the prostate to destroy the cancer cells
    • Hormone therapy: stopping or slowing down tumor growth by lowering the amount of testosterone that can reach the cancer cells
    • Surgery: using the daVinci Surgical System for minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery

    Make an Appointment

    We’re here to help. If you suspect you may have prostate cancer, or you’ve been recently diagnosed, don’t wait another day. Call 443-481-5800 to schedule a consultation.

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