What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate Cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the prostate gland, located beneath the bladder and around the urethra. The prostate gland is a small walnut-sized gland that makes seminal fluid and carries sperm out of the body.
Early detection of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer typically grows slowly and does not spread or cause harm for decades. When caught early, more than 90% of prostate cancer cases can be treated successfully.
How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
Your physician may recommend a prostate screening, via digital rectal exam (DRE) or a PSA test, to identify prostate cancer early if you are a male that is African American, over the age of 60 or who has a father or brother with prostate cancer.
If screening is positive for cancer, you may be referred to an oncologist, or cancer specialist. Your providers will then work to assess and determine the stage of the cancer and best treatment options available.
Prostate cancer treatment options
Treatment for prostate cancer will vary based on your specific diagnosis and staging.
At Franciscan Health, we offer targeted radiation therapy and infusion therapy as well as a minimally invasive surgery referred to by many as robotic surgery for prostate cancer (the da Vinci® Prostatectomy).