Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Adena Urology and Adena Oncology take a collaborative approach to ensure patients get the treatment that’s right for them.
Prostate cancer is a common cancer, and as men grow older, their chance of getting prostate cancer increases. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men behind lung cancer. Although diagnoses rates for prostate cancer are high, survival rates are also generally high with very successful treatment rates.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces seminal fluid in men. If cancer cells develop, this could lead to an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level which may be an indicator of potential prostate cancer. Symptoms can include:
- difficulty urinating
- blood in urine or semen
- bone pain
- unexplained weight loss
It is also possible to show no symptoms at all, which makes PSA screening critical for men ages 55 and older. Patients may need to get a PSA earlier then 55 if they have any of the above symptoms, or other risk factors, including family history of prostate cancer or African American race. Depending on the patient and the aggressiveness of the cancer, treatment may just mean active surveillance of the cancer, or it may require more proactive therapies like hormone therapy, radiation therapy or surgery.
Once a diagnosis of prostate cancer is confirmed, the Adena Urology and Oncology teams work together to quickly set a course of treatment. They present the patient’s case to the Adena Multidisciplinary Tumor Board which meets weekly to thoroughly evaluate and assess the best treatment options for patients. Adena also pairs patients with an Adena nurse navigator who can help guide them through their treatment.
If surgery (prostatectomy) is required, the Adena Urologists are skilled at performing a robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in order to increase precision, reduce blood loss and improve patient recovery time compared to traditional open surgery. Although most surgical patients will not require any additional treatment, some patients may be advised to undergo subsequent radiation treatments to eradicate any remaining cancer cells.
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