Cancer of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system, is the most common cancer among men in our country. An enlarged prostate gland and/or the presence of high levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood can be a sign of prostate cancer.
While there is controversy regarding whether all men should be screened for prostate cancer once they reach a certain age, most doctors agree that men at high risk, including those with a family history of early onset prostate cancer, should be tested. Ask your doctor whether this applies to you.
The Right Prostate Cancer Care for You
Prostate cancer is usually very slow-growing and incidence increases with age, so most cases of prostate cancer are not fatal. For this reason “watchful waiting” (also called “active surveillance”) is often a recommended treatment for men with prostate cancer; if the cancer begins to grow more aggressively, a different course of treatment may be advised.
We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to care. Every patient benefits from the collaborative expertise of an experienced team of specialists who meet regularly to discuss each patient’s care and progress.
Our cancer treatment program, in collaboration with the physicians of Blue Ridge Cancer Care, provides the full range of prostate cancer treatments, including:
- Hormone therapy
- Radiation therapy. We offer the full array of radiation technology for treatment of prostate cancer, including brachytherapy, IMRT , to allow precise targeting of tumors while minimizing risk to nearby healthy tissue and IGRT, which allows precise targeting of the tumor with the control of IMRT to pinpoint and treat cancerous tumors with varying amounts of radiation.
- Surgery. Our surgeons, specialists in minimally invasive procedures, have extensive experience treating prostate cancer. We utilize the da Vinci® Surgical System. This sophisticated technology provides enhanced visualization and the ability to operate with greater precision. This is especially beneficial in prostatectomy since the target site is not only tightly confined but surrounded by nerves affecting urinary control and sexual function.
- CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery System. For patients who can’t or don’t want to have surgery, CyberKnife treatment offers a pain-free, non-invasive alternative to surgery for prostate cancer (we have yet to treat a patient with prostate cancer; maybe too soon to open pandora’s box?).
- Complementary therapies. We encourage patients and their loved ones to participate in a wide range of complementary and alternative treatments, including support groups, nutritional counseling, massage and more.