Look to Community Hospital’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Montage Medical Group’s urology team for the strongest prostate cancer program in the region. You’ll be in the experienced hands of specialists known for their skill offering the latest, most advanced treatments. Expect to play an active role in your care and receive personalized support for your entire well being.
Screening for prostate cancer
Early detection improves your long-term outcome from prostate cancer. Ask your doctor whether and how often you should get a screening, which can find signs of cancer before you notice symptoms. Explore guidelines for prostate cancer prevention and screening, which may include a physical exam and blood test to check prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
Diagnosing prostate cancer
If your PSA level is high for your age, your doctor will order more testing to find out if the cause is prostate cancer or something else. Diagnostic tests may include:
- Transrectal ultrasound – Uses gentle sound waves to create pictures of your prostate
- Biopsy – Takes a small sample of cells from an anesthetized (numbed) area of the prostate and checks them for cancer in a lab
Treatments and therapies
Prostate cancer grows slowly. If you’re diagnosed with cancer, your doctor may recommend monitoring your health and waiting to start treatment. This approach can help you maintain the most quality of life, especially if you’re older or have other serious medical conditions.
When you and your doctor are ready to start treatment, take comfort in knowing you’ll benefit from the latest, most advanced services at the Comprehensive Cancer Center:
Minimally invasive surgery
Your best treatment option may be prostatectomy, or taking out the prostate. In this case, your surgeon will use robotic technology to remove the gland through tiny incisions. This minimally invasive approach lets you recover sooner, with fewer long-term side effects.
Look forward to care from an experienced team of not only cancer doctors, but also health professionals from other specialties, such as your urology (urinary and male reproductive system) specialist. Your doctors will work together to make sure you receive well-rounded care.
Support and survivorship
Every step of your cancer journey, take advantage of patient and caregiver resources that can help you navigate treatment decisions and reduce stress. You’ll find support from cancer professionals and your peers, so you can focus on getting better.
During and after treatment, survivorship services will help you stay well, reduce the risk of cancer coming back, and live your longest, healthiest life.