Prostate Cancer Treatment in St. Helena

We help patients manage symptoms and work towards recovery

The prostate is located below the bladder in front of the rectum. It is partially responsible for the creation of semen. Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer among men in the United States. It is also prevalent in African-Americans.

The good news is that prostate cancer develops very slowly. That means it is possible to detect it and treat it before symptoms even manifest.

At the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center, we provide comprehensive treatment and care for patients with prostate cancer. We create personalized treatment plans that best fit the unique needs of each patient.

Diagnosing prostate cancer

Prostate cancer screenings are usually done through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Professional organizations have varying opinions on when people should receive PSA tests. In general, it is agreed men should receive PSAs between the ages of 50 and 70. You may need to begin earlier if you are at high risk for prostate cancer.

PSA testing can be effective because the most common forms of prostate cancer increase PSA levels. If your test comes back with abnormally high numbers, your doctor will likely recommend further testing to check for prostate cancer.

Keep in mind that high PSA is not always a sing of prostate cancer. It could also be a symptom of a prostate infection or benign prostate enlargement. It is important to have a cancer diagnosis confirmed before jumping to conclusions.

Exploring options for treatment

A multidisciplinary team of urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and other health professionals often work together to treat prostate cancer. Your treatment options will depend on your age, overall condition and the stage of the cancer.

Treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, cryosurgery, radiation therapy or hormone therapy, among other possibilities. It will be up to you and your care team to decide on the best course of action.