Prostate cancer is a common problem that affects about one in eight men. Fortunately, with early intervention, it’s possible to manage and treat prostate cancer. At San Fernando Valley Urological Associates, the team of expert urologists has years of experience diagnosing and treating the disease. To make an appointment at the practice in Tarzana or West Hills, California, call the nearest office today or schedule online.
Prostate cancer causes the cells inside a man’s prostate gland to multiply uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. The normal prostate is a walnut-sized gland behind the bladder that produces seminal fluid, the liquid that transports sperm.
Most kinds of prostate cancer grow slowly and fail to spread. Others are more aggressive and require prompt treatment.
Many are asymptomatic but some may experience symptoms of prostate cancer, especially when advanced. Symptoms can include:
Prostate cancer affects men of all ages. However, several things can increase your risk, including being overweight, diet, family history, and race. You’re also more likely to experience prostate cancer if you have a family history of the condition. For example, if your father had prostate cancer, your risk is doubled compared to the general population, or if your brother was diagnosed, your risk is quadrupled.
The San Fernando Valley Urological Associates team recommends eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and visiting your primary care physician at least once a year for a routine checkup.
To diagnose prostate cancer, your San Fernando Valley Urological Associates provider does a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you about your symptoms, including when they first started and how severe they are.
A digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test are among the routine procedures strongly recommended by the prostate cancer expert panel. . If you have elevated or rapidly rising PSA or an abnormal rectal exam, it’s recommended that you undergo a workup for prostate cancer. The team also utilizes the latest technologies such as MRIs and molecular urine tests to help guide you in making decisions in regards to your prostate cancer workup. The use of MRIs allows the team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates to do office MRI fusion prostate biopsies under sedation.
PSA is a lab test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood. If your provider detects a higher-than-usual level, it could indicate a prostate infection or inflammation, or it could point to prostate cancer.
How prostate cancer is treated will depend on how far along it is and whether it’s an aggressive form of the disease. The team at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates offers a variety of cutting-edge treatments, including:
Following a comprehensive in-office consultation, your provider can design a custom treatment plan that aligns with your budget and needs.
To explore treatment for prostate cancer, make an appointment at San Fernando Valley Urological Associates by calling the office today or scheduling online.