Personalized care is top of mind when treating prostate cancer.
The multi-disciplinary team in the Urologic Oncology Program includes surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, researchers and more to properly diagnose and treat your prostate cancer. We are home to a world-renowned urologist who is an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted cancer surgery.
We continue studying the prostate in order to better diagnose and treat prostate cancer, and perhaps prevent it altogether. Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., professor and chair of Urology at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, leads the charge in research studies.
What Causes Prostate Cancer?
“No one knows exactly what causes prostate cancer, but we know its increased incidence comes with age.”
Is Prostate Cancer Deadly?
“Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in the United States secondary to skin cancer, but it’s also the second leading cause of cancer death.”
Does Prostate Cancer Strike a Certain Demographic?
“Prostate cancer is most common in European and Western Societies.”
What are prostate cancer symptoms?
“Most men with prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms at all and they are asymptomatic”
What Is Significant About Prostate Cancer Screenings?
“Using a blood test called PSA and physical examination by a doctor, we are able to find cancer at its earliest stage and have the highest possible chance of curing it.”
For Slow Growing Prostate Cancer, What Approach Is Taken For Treatment?
“Many men today, when they’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, are found to have a very slow-growing early-stage cancer that does not require aggressive treatment.”
What Are The Benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgery For Prostate Cancer?class="h4">
“Today the best kind of surgery that’s available for men is referred to robotic assisted radical prostatectomy. This is a technology that was developed and approved by the FDA in the U.S. for prostate cancer surgery in 2001. Allows us to do a more precise, consistent, reliable and reproducible surgery, so as to give us the best chance of removing all of the cancer and yet still allow men to return to their normal lifestyles as quickly as possible.”
What Are Common Myths or Concerns You Hear From Your Patients?
“The most common myths we hear about prostate cancer have to do primarily with screening. Men have the impression that they don’t have to be screened because prostate cancer is not a serious cancer. The important message is that prostate cancer is a serious cancer as we know it is the most common cancer for men in the United States.”
Is It True That Grilled Meats Are Linked In Prostate Cancer?
“Diets high in saturated fats and diets that are not heart-healthy probably lead to the development of cancer.”
How Often Should I Get Screened If There Is No Family History?
“Men should be screened so we can find the cancer earlier, so it’s more effectively cured or managed.”
What Advances In Prostate Cancer Treatment or Prevention Do You See In The Future?
“There are new treatments available which are referred to targeted therapy.”