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Prostate

  • The prostate produces fluid for semen and wraps around the urethra, below the bladder and in front of the rectum.

    Diagnosis

    As there are often no warning signs, prostate cancer may be diagnosed through:

    • PSA. A blood test that screens for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) that may indicate prostate infection, inflamation or cancer.
    • Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). A physician examines your prostate for abnormalities in size or texture.
    • Transrectal Ultrasound (TRUS) may be used to visalize the prostate and collect biopsy samples.

    Treatment

    Prostate Cancer

    • Prostate cancer can range from non-agressive to very aggressive.
    • Localized prostate cancer has a smaller chance of growth within the first decade of discovery.
    • Without treatment, prostate cancer can metastasize or lead to pain, incontinence or erectile dysfunction.

    Active surveillance for Prostate Cancer:

    • Not everyone who is diagnosed with prostate cancer needs treatment.
    • Close monitoring may safely delay or avoid invasive treatment.
    • Discuss with your urologist if and when treatment is appropriate for you.

    Therapies to kill the prostate cancer cells:

    •  Interstitial prostate brachytherapy. Implantation of small radioactive “seeds” in the prostate.
    •  External beam radiation therapy. High doses of radiation target the prostate to lower PSA levels.
    • Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Focused radiation therapy to targeted areas of the prostate from multiple directions.
    • Cryotherapy. Gases that freeze and thaw the prostate.

    Surgery:

    •  Robotic prostatectomy. An operation that removes the prostate using the da Vinci Surgical System to help decrease impact on urinary control or sexual function, and with less pain and blood loss to promote faster recovery.
    • Transurethral Prostatectomy (TURP). Removal of the core of the prostate using a resectoscope, requiring a stay of one to two days in the hospital.
    •  Open prostatectomy. Traditional removal of the prostate.
    • Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT). Minimally invasive surgery that produces high-energy waves to reduce prostate size and improve urinary flow.
    • Transurethral Need Ablation (TUNA). Minimally invasive surgery with small levels of radio frequency to burn away part of the enlarged prostate.
    • Transurethral Electrovaporization. Minimally invasive surgery to relieve urinary obstruction through electrical energy that vaporizes the prostate tissue using heat.
    • Button Procedure. BPH treatment that reduces the size of the prostate by vaporizing the tumor in a safer manner than conventional minimally invasive surgeries by coagulating healthy tissue, resulting in less blood loss.
    • GreenLight laser to reduce the size of the prostate to treat BPH.

    We Specialize in Treating

    Prostate Cancer. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and cause of cancer death in American men. Early stage prostate cancer does not present symptoms, but signs of advanced tumors include:

    • Difficulty urinating
    • Decreased force in the stream of urine
    • Blood in the urine
    • Blood in the semen
    • Swelling in the legs
    • Discomfort in the pelvic area
    • Bone pain

    Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (enlargement of the prostate). A non-cancerous overgrowth of muscle and cells that contributes to lower urinary tract symptoms through the obstruction of the flow of urine in the urethra or weak/dribbling stream of urine. It is the most common benign tumor found in men and includes a host of the following symptoms

    • Slow dribbling urination
    • Inability to urinate
    • Struggle to empty the bladder
    • Urgent and frequent urination
    • Nocturia - waking at night to urinate
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    Accreditation & Partnerships


    Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) 
    American College of Surgeons 
    American Urologic Association (AUA) 

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