Prostate cancer is a significant risk to men’s health, but with prompt, expert treatment, your chances of recovery are excellent. If you have symptoms of prostate cancer, don’t delay in getting a diagnosis at Urological Associates in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Your symptoms could be due to another prostate condition, but either way, the highly experienced urologists can treat your condition and relieve your symptoms. Call Urological Associates today to arrange a prostate exam or book an appointment using the online form.
Prostate cancer is a tumor in your prostate gland. Cancers develop when there’s a mutation in the DNA of some of your cells. Unlike normal cells, cancerous cells keep multiplying and don’t die. When the cells build up, they form a mass or tumor.
Your prostate gland produces fluid for semen. It sits behind your urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder down to your penis when you urinate. Your prostate is about the size of a walnut when you’re young but gradually increases in size as you age.
The enlargement of your prostate is called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. This is a common problem for men in the middle and later years. Many of the symptoms of BPH resemble those of cancer, although the two aren’t linked.
The reason they cause similar symptoms is that both BPH and cancer can put pressure on the urethra, which affects urination. You should always investigate any symptoms of urinary problems in case there’s an underlying cause like cancer that requires early treatment.
The common symptoms of prostate cancer affect the urinary system. You might therefore experience:
Other symptoms include chronic pelvic or back pain or seeing blood when you ejaculate.
The first stage in prostate cancer diagnosis is to have a digital rectal exam (DRE). This involves your provider feeling your prostate to see if there are any lumps.
Other exams include transrectal ultrasound and transrectal MRI. During these procedures, your provider can also do a biopsy, taking a small sample of tissue from the prostate for examination in the laboratory.
Urological Associates has an advanced prostate cancer specialist who is an expert in MRI fusion prostate biopsy. This is a type of biopsy that fuses the MRI scan of your prostate with an ultrasound image while your surgeon performs the biopsy. MRI fusion prostate biopsy is a more accurate method of diagnosis.
A blood test called the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can be useful in indicating the possibility of prostate cancer. PSA levels are typically higher in men who have prostate cancer. However, your PSA levels could also be higher if you have another prostate condition, such as BPH.
Your provider at Urological Associates discusses the potential benefits of having a PSA test and whether it’s a good choice in your case.
One possible treatment for prostate cancer is PROVENGE® immunotherapy, which helps your body fight the cancer cells.
Removal of the prostate (radical prostatectomy) is the best treatment for cancer that hasn’t spread beyond the gland itself.
Retropubic prostatectomy involves having an incision in your abdominal wall, while perineal prostatectomy involves having an incision between your scrotum and anus.
Your Urological Associates surgeon takes tissue and lymph nodes from around the prostate as well to make sure there are no stray cancer cells left behind. The surgeons at Urological Associates specialize in performing robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP).
The RALRP procedure uses the most advanced robotic technology, which provides your surgeon with the greatest control and ensures the utmost precision.
As a result, you experience minimal pain and a speedier recovery. Urological Associates performs more robotic prostatectomies in Southern Colorado than any other practice and has six da Vinci® robot trained surgeons.
For expert prostate cancer care, call Urological Associates today or book an appointment online.