Symptoms and Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America. One out of nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Luckily, it is one of the most treatable forms of cancer,

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that more than 90 percent of all prostate cancers are discovered while they are either localized (confined to the prostate) or regional (nearby). During the last 25 years, the five-year survival rate for all stages of the cancer has increased from 68 to nearly 100 percent. 

What Is Prostate Cancer? 

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small walnut-shaped gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. Generally, the sooner prostate cancer is caught, the greater the likelihood for successful treatment. When detected early and confined to the prostate gland, the prognosis is among the best of all cancers.

What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Often there are no signs or symptoms when prostate cancer is in its early stages. Unfortunately, because the growing tumor does not push against anything, there may be no physical pain for several years. That’s why speaking to your physician about screening for prostate cancer is essential to early detection. However, as the disease progresses there are signs to be aware of. 

Symptoms and Signs of Prostate Cancer

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in urine stream 
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Blood in semen
  • Discomfort in pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

Treatment for Prostate Cancer

The Genitourinary Multidisciplinary Clinic at the Lifespan Cancer Institute provides a variety of treatment options for all its patients, including advanced radiation oncology services, robotic surgery, and access to clinical trials. 

Treatment Services

Prostate Cancer Surgery

The surgeons at the Minimally Invasive Urology Institute (MIUI) work in close collaboration with the oncologists at the Lifespan Cancer Institute (LCI) to offer precise diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer patients.

By utilizing a variety of imaging technologies the teams are able to locate, analyze, and determine the best course of treatment.

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer

  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, using minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgery
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic pelvic lymph node dissection, in which the pelvic lymph node is removed and sent for pathology analysis
  • Brachytherapy, an internal radiation therapy delivered by the implant of small radioactive seeds at the tumor site. 
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