Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in American men, but it’s very treatable when detected early. The team at Urology Health Center in Fremont, Nebraska, is experienced in detecting prostate cancer and treating it through cryoablation and minimally invasive prostatectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System. To get screened for prostate cancer or learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Cancer is a type of disease that causes abnormal cell growth. One of the most common forms of cancer among men is prostate cancer, which affects the prostate gland located between your bladder and penis. Prostate cancer is usually diagnosed in men age 65 and older.
Your prostate produces fluid that makes up about 30% of semen. Prostatic fluid helps sperm stay alive after they enter the female reproductive system.
Prostate cancer is usually very treatable. Most forms of the disease develop slowly and don’t spread to other parts of your body. There are, however, rare forms of prostate cancer that are more aggressive.
Doctors and researchers don’t know exactly what causes prostate cancer. There may be a genetic link, but not everyone with prostate cancer has a family history, and not everyone with a family history develops prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer takes a long time to cause symptoms. Many of these symptoms, when they do arrive, are common to other conditions. Because of this, you should get regular prostate cancer screenings starting at age 50.
When late-stage prostate cancer does cause symptoms, they may include:
Don’t panic and assume that you have advanced prostate cancer just because you have to go to the bathroom more frequently than usual or are experiencing erectile dysfunction. Still, schedule an appointment at Urology Health Center if you’re concerned about any symptoms.
Screening tests for prostate cancer include a digital rectal exam (DRE) to check the size and texture of your prostate. You may also have your blood tested for prostate-specific antigen (PSA). High PSA levels may indicate a prostate issue, but not necessarily cancer.
If screenings suggest the possibility of prostate cancer, your doctor confirms a diagnosis with an ultrasound or biopsy.
Prostate cancer treatment depends on the stage of the cancer. If you have early-stage prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend “active surveillance,” where the condition is monitored to see if you need treatment.
Treatment for more advanced prostate cancer includes:
Cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure that destroys cancer cells by freezing them.
Prostatectomy is a procedure to remove the prostate. Using a robotic surgical system, the procedure involves several small incisions instead of one large incision, which traditional prostatectomy requires.
Urology Health Center uses the most advanced technology to treat prostate cancer with fewer side effects and a shorter recovery time, including the da Vinci robotic surgical system for prostatectomies.
To get screened for prostate cancer or learn more about treatment, schedule an appointment at Urology Health Center online or by phone today.