Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer begins in the cells of the prostate, a gland found only in males and located below the bladder.

Symptoms

Men with prostate cancer experience varying symptoms and some may not have any symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the disease. When they do occur, common symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • Trouble urinating or frequent urination, especially at night
  • Decreased force in the urine stream or difficulty starting or stopping urination
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • General pain in the lower back, hips, or thighs
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

When prostate cancer spreads to other organs, it may cause:

  • Bone pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling in the legs and feet

Diagnosis

In addition to all major cancer screening and diagnosis methods, we also offer transrectal ultrasound when testing for prostate cancer. During this test, sound waves are used to form an image of the prostate for your doctor to review.

Treatment

Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are treatment options for prostate cancer. In addition, hormone therapy may be used to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Your care team will work with you to determine your exact course of treatment. Learn more about treatment options.