State-of-the-Art Prostate Cancer Treatment in Central PA
Prostate cancer causes uncontrollable growth of cancer cells in the prostate, a small gland that produces seminal fluid and is located between the penis and bladder. It is currently the most common cancer found in American men. However, it also has one of the highest cure and successful management rates. It is a slow-growing cancer most typically found in men over the age of 65. If not found early, it can metastasize (spread) to nearby areas in the body.
Prostate cancer can be treated with:
- Clinical trials
- Medical therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Robotic assisted urology surgery
- Support groups
At UPMC, our highly trained urologists that have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer in Williamsport, Lock Haven, and Wellsboro, PA. You will be in good hands when you visit one of our specialists near you.
Do I have prostate cancer?
The following include common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer:
- Frequent urge to urinate (especially at night)
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Unexplained erectile dysfunction
- Pain or burning during urination
- Discomfort when sitting down
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend visiting your doctor immediately. They may perform a PSA test or DRE that screens for prostate cancer.
Who is affected most by prostate cancer?
Studies have shown that men who are affected most by prostate cancer:
- Are African-American
- Are over the age of 60
- Have a family history of prostate cancer
- Are obese or a eat a diet that is high in saturated fat
- Use testosterone therapy, which in turn increases their testosterone levels
What are the stages of prostate cancer?
There are four main stages of prostate cancer:
- Stage I. During stage 1 of prostate cancer, the cancer is within the prostate. It is slow-growing at this stage.
- Stage II. During stage II of prostate cancer, the cancer is still within the prostate, but the cells are abnormal and fast-growing.
- Stage III. During stage III of prostate cancer, the cancer has spread to tissues near the prostate.
- Stage IV. During stage IV of prostate cancer, the cancer has spread to the rectum, lymph nodes or bones.
Providing Comprehensive Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Our team of specialists are committed to helping you feel your best while you undergo treatment. We may recommend surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, depending on the stage of prostate cancer you are experiencing. We will be with you every step of the way and support you –– from initial diagnosis to after treatment is complete.