is the most common type of cancer among American men. At Western New York Urology Associates, we specialize in treating this potentially deadly disease, and have helped more than 10,000 prostate cancer patients over the past 20 years. Click for more information on the risk factors and reducing the risk for prostate cancer.
In the very early stages of prostate cancer, there are usually no symptoms. When symptoms do develop, they depend on the size and location of the tumor. Any symptom should be checked by your physician, to determine the cause. A more common sign of prostate cancer is finding a nodule or abnormality during a routine digital rectal exam (DRE). Some men also show signs of prostate cancer through a PSA blood test, which measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Based on your PSA level and a digital rectal exam, your doctor may order a prostate biopsy.
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At Western New York Urology Associates, our urologic pathologists —the scientists who study your biopsy samples—specialize in prostate biopsies, and see a high volume of samples. This experience is extremely important, and helps ensure that you get an accurate diagnosis.
Every positive sample is reviewed by another urologic pathologist, to confirm it truly is prostate cancer. We take this entire process very seriously, because treatment can’t begin until you have an accurate diagnosis.
There are many different treatment options for prostate cancer. The right choice for you depends on multiple factors, including your age, and if/or how much the cancer has spread. It is important that you discuss the specifics of your situation with your urologist, so you can be fully informed about the possible side effects. A summary of Possible Side Effects and Treatment Details can be found below.
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Here are a few of the most common treatment options:
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