What Is Prostate Cancer?
Cancer develops when the body’s cells divide without stopping, spreading into surrounding tissue. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells in the prostate grow out of control. The prostate is a male reproductive organ located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The most common type of prostate cancer is adenocarcinoma, which accounts for 95% of all prostate cancer. Adenocarcinoma often develops in the prostate’s gland cells, which make the prostate fluid that’s added to semen. While most prostate cancers grow slowly, some grow rapidly and spread. However, there are autopsy studies of older men who died from other, non-related causes but had prostate cancer and were never affected by it during their lifetime.
How to Find Out If You Have Prostate Cancer
Since prostate cancer can easily go undetected, it is imperative to get regular check-ups. The most common way to detect prostate cancer is by having your urologist conduct an ultrasound and blood work. If your test results show some abnormalities, your next step will be getting an accurate prostate cancer prognosis, which will place you in one of the following risk categories: very low, low, intermediate, or high. However, there are various other ways to detect prostate cancer. There are a variety of diagnostic tools and technologies, including imaging and laboratory tests, that are used to screen for the disease. These can include: biopsies, digital rectal exams, imaging tests, advanced genomic testing, and more. Most prostate cancers progress slowly, but some can rapidly grow and spread, so it’s vitally important to receive an accurate, reliable diagnosis.
Why Choose Desert Prostate Specialists for Treatment?
At Desert Prostate Specialists, we use our advanced radiation oncology experience and state-of-the-art technology to successfully diagnose and treat prostate cancer patients. At our Rancho Mirage, CA office, you’ll be treated with care, compassion, and respect. Dr. David Schreiber, M.D. has nearly 40 years of radiation oncology experience and is passionate about and committed to diagnosing and treating patients with prostate cancer. At Desert Prostate Specialists, we utilize specific protocols for low-risk patients, intermediate and high-risk patients, as well as patients having local failure (recurrence) after external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) alone or seed implantation alone. We proudly provide an unsurpassed level of prostate cancer care in the state of California.