According to the Urology Care Foundation, approximately 191,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. The accomplished team at Pikes Peak Urology diagnoses and treats prostate cancer and other urologic conditions at their clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team includes three experts in minimally invasive robotic prostatectomy, which may prevent prostate cancer from spreading to bones and other organs. For diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and other prostate problems, contact Pikes Peak Urology by phone or use the online form today.
Prostate cancer is cancer that develops in your prostate, which is a walnut-shaped gland that sits under your bladder and next to your rectum. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men who live in the United States. Prostate cancer cells can travel through your bloodstream and spread to other organs and even bone.
In its earliest stages, prostate cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms. When you do have symptoms, they could be confused with other conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, aka enlarged prostate).
Come in to see your urologist at Pikes Peak Urology if you experience:
Unexplained weight loss or a diminished appetite could also be a sign of prostate cancer.
Your doctor checks your prostate’s health every year by performing a digital rectal exam. Based on your risk factors, they may also recommend a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Most men benefit from regular PSA tests starting at age 40-45.
If your doctor detects an enlarged prostate or if your PSA test is abnormal, they may order a biopsy. If your doctor suspects that you have prostate cancer that’s spread to other organs, they may recommend imaging studies, such as a pelvic CT scan, MRI, or bone scan.
Your doctor determines the best course of treatment based on the stage and grade of your prostate cancer. If your prostate cancer is slow-growing, your doctor may recommend taking a watch-and-wait approach.
They may also advise lifestyle changes such as:
If your cancer is more aggressive or is at a later stage or higher grade, your doctor may advise surgical removal of your prostate. The Pikes Peak Urology team includes three urologic surgeons who are highly skilled in minimally invasive robotic surgery. Removing a cancerous prostate in time can prevent the spread (metastasis) of prostate cancer cells to the rest of your body.
Whether you have prostate cancer symptoms or simply need an annual exam to ensure your prostate is healthy, contact Pikes Peak Urology by phone or book an appointment online today.