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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Join Pacific Urology in raising awareness for education, prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. Through the month of September we will be recognizing National Prostate Cancer Awareness month, however this is an issue that Pacific Urology helps men with everyday.
We will be hosting our annual free event “The Many Faces of Prostate Cancer” on September 29, 2016. The evening features a panel of doctors who will discuss prevention, screening, risks and treatment options for prostate cancer.
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center Community Room at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
Dr. Richard Long, Urologist
Dr. Matthew Sirott, Medical Oncologist
Dr. James Rembert, Radiation Oncologist
The following information will help inform you about various aspects of prostate cancer and Pacific Urology’s dedication to diagnosing and treating it.
The prostate is a small walnut-sized organ that is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum in men. The prostate surrounds the urethra and is the gland that creates semen. Prostate cancer is caused by the abnormal growth of prostate cells. Symptoms can be problems with urination (starting, interrupted, frequent and/or blood in urination). But some men have no symptoms at all.
Risk factors for prostate cancer:
- Male over 50 years of age
- African-American male
- Male family member who has had prostate cancer.
Screening for prostate cancer
There are two tests that are most commonly used to screen for prostate cancer. One is a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and the other is a digital rectal exam (DRE). PSA is a substance made within the prostate. A higher level of PSA in the blood may be an indicator of prostate cancer. A DRE is an exam where a doctor or nurse uses a gloved finger to feel inside the rectum to look for abnormalities in the shape and size of the prostate gland.
Prostate cancer diagnosis
Prostate cancer can be diagnosed by an ultrasound prostate biopsy that identifies the cancer’s appearance. A pathologist will assign a Gleason score, which is determined by the pattern of the tumor on the prostate. A urologist will then establish the stage of the cancer. This will determine if the cancer is still in a curable stage and confined to the prostate or whether it has started to spread to other areas of the body.
Prostate cancer treatment at Pacific Urology
Pacific Urology and Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology collaboratively run the Prostate Cancer Center of Excellence. The center hosts a team of expert urologists and oncologists as well as advanced technology that together provide the most complete prostate cancer care available. Pacific Urology is the only center in Northern California with MRI fusion biopsy technology that can detect prostate cancer earlier and more accurately. Additionally, we use Gold Seed targeted radiation for treatment, which significantly decreases damage to the bladder and rectum.
A urologist at Pacific Urology can discus the following treatment options with you. Age, general health, life expectancy and your needs all factor into the best treatment option.
- Radical prostatectomy: Complete removal of the prostate.
- Active surveillance: watching progression and waiting on treatment.
- External-beam radiation therapy: delivers x-ray beams to a patient’s tumor.
- Interstitial brachytherapy: uses radiation to control the cancer.
- Hormone therapy: uses androgen-deprivation therapy.