The Importance of Early Prostate Cancer Treatment
Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow in the prostate gland and create tumors. It affects 1 in 6 men in the United States, therefore, beginning at age 40, all men should undergo yearly screenings for prostate cancer. Screenings include digital rectal exams, which are used to feel for lumps or suspicious areas on the prostate. Or, your doctor may recommend a blood test called a PSA (prostate-specific antigen), which measures cells made by the prostate that are often elevated when cancer is present. Screenings can lead to early diagnosis, which is essential for treating prostate cancer successfully.
Most types of prostate cancer grow slowly and initially remain confined to the prostate gland, but others can be more aggressive and spread quickly to surrounding tissues. It can also spread throughout other areas of the body, such as the bones, lungs and liver.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Options at Virtua
Virtua offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options and personalized support services for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Patients receive individualized treatment plans based on the stage of the cancer as well as the person’s age, health and other personal choices.
Our prostate cancer treatment team in South Jersey offers the latest options available including:
Virtua urologists provide a full range of surgical options such as prostatectomy—including nerve-sparing removal of the prostate—minimally invasive cryosurgery and robotic surgery.
Early in development, prostate cancers need moderately high levels of androgens (male sex hormones) to grow. This treatment includes administering hormones such as luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH) agonists and LHRH antagonists to block the use and production of androgens.
Through Penn Medicine Virtua Radiation Oncology, we offer individualized radiation therapy utilizing the latest in treatment technology. This technology allows us to both precisely target the prostate tumor, while reducing the dose to normal tissue, resulting in less treatment related side effects.
In addition, Virtua offers professionally facilitated support and education programs, including the American Cancer Society’s Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group.
For more information about Virtua’s prostate cancer treatment services,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).