prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is common in men older than 65. It usually grows slowly and can take years to grow large enough to cause any problems. Most cases are treatable, because they are found with screening tests before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Although most men may die with prostate cancer, most men do not die from it. 

Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man's prostate gland. The prostate sits just below the bladder. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It usually grows larger as you grow older.

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About 90% of new cases of prostate cancer are caught early due to screenings. Almost 100% of men with these early cancers survive 5 years or more after being diagnosed. If you are having problems urinating, your doctor may use tests to see if you have an enlarged prostate - the most common cause of urination problems.

Initial tests include a digital rectal exam, a urine test, and a Prostate Specfiic Antigen (PSA) lab test of your blood. If tests point to prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy, in which tissue is taken from the prostate and examined under a microscope. A biopsy is the only way to confirm whether you have prostate cancer.These tests are usually performed by a Urologsist or Primary Care Physician.

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The main choices for treating prostate cancer include surgical removal of the prostate (prostatectomy), radiation, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, and watchful waiting.

There are several surgical options for removing the prostate, but the most advanced, robotic-assisted prostatectomy is offered at St. Francis. Using highly advanced robotic surgical tools gives specially-trained urologists umatched precision and control while using only a few small incisions in the abdomen. , specially-trained urologists can remove the prostate through several tiny incisions in the abdomen. This type of surgery has significantly faster recovery and less pain than a traditional prostatectomy. Recent studies suggest that robotic prostatectomy may offer improved cancer control and a faster return to potency and continence.

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St. Francis Cancer Center

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Greenville, SC 29607


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