What’s a prostate?
The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that helps make semen. It’s located between a man’s bladder and penis.
Tests for prostate cancer
About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Regular screenings can help you find the condition early – when it’s easier to treat. Ask your primary care provider when you should start routine prostate cancer screenings, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests.
Individual prostate cancer care plan
Partner with your ProHealth cancer team to create a care plan that’s right for you. Expect your plan to consider:
- How far your cancer has spread (stage).
- Whether your cancer resembles healthy cells (Gleason score).
- How likely it is that your cancer will grow and spread to other parts of the body.
- Your age and overall health.
- Your preferences.
- Your treatment goals.
Monitoring prostate cancer
If you’re diagnosed with a small, slow-growing prostate tumor that isn’t causing any symptoms, your doctor may recommend active surveillance. This means you don’t start treatment right away. Instead, you work with your care team to keep a close eye on your cancer. This may include:
- Exam and PSA test every three to six months
- Prostate biopsy every year
Prostate cancer treatments
If your prostate cancer care plan includes active treatment, access a full range of advanced therapies at ProHealth Care, including:
- Hormone therapy – Reduces male hormones (androgens) to shrink or slow down prostate cancer
- Precision medicine and targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy including radiosurgery and brachytherapy
- Prostatectomy – Surgery to remove the prostate gland and sometimes nearby lymph nodes
Robotic-assisted prostate cancer surgery
Trust surgeons with experience performing robotic-assisted surgery. If you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive approach, you may benefit from:
- Faster return to erectile function and urinary continence
- Lower risk of complications
- Shorter hospital stay
Prostate cancer clinical trials
Get the latest treatments for prostate cancer. Ask your care team about clinical trials.
Look to ProHealth for comprehensive wellness and support services throughout your cancer journey. Connect with others facing similar situations when you join our prostate cancer support group.