Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic focused on the needs of advanced prostate cancer patients and their families
What is Advanced Prostate cancer?
Most prostate cancers are slow growing, however during the course of the disease, prostate cancer may progress even after appropriate treatment. When PSA (prostate-specific antigen blood test) starts to rise in the months or years after surgery or radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer, it means that prostate cancer cells still remain in the body and are starting to grow again. This is called advanced prostate cancer.
Advanced prostate cancer is a cancer that is not curable by treatments of the prostate alone, and it includes locally advanced prostate cancer and metastatic prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer that has spread outside the prostate but only to tissue near the prostate (like seminal vesicles) is called locally advanced prostate cancer. Locally advanced prostate cancer has not spread into the lymph nodes or other organs.
Metastatic prostate cancer is prostate cancer that has spread (metastasized) to the bones, lymph nodes and/or other organs. Some men will present with metastatic prostate cancer upfront, as prostate cancer can have few symptoms until it metastasizes to the bone or other organs.
There is hope.
If your prostate cancer was caught late—or has come back even after appropriate treatment—there are still treatment options available. Recent treatment advances can help put cancers like yours into remission, or at least slow them down, with minimal side effects on your quality of life.
Our Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic is a comprehensive, patient-centered program that provides a continuum of care from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. Our experienced urologist and nurse practitioner offer many of the most effective and innovative treatments available today, and we do so while providing a high level of personalized and compassionate service, with the utmost concern for your health and well-being.
Because each patient’s condition is unique and requires treatment that is specific to his medical needs, we approach every patient as an individual. You can trust us to guide you through this complex journey, toward the treatment and post-treatment care options that are best for you and your family.
Clinical research trials
As part of providing the best possible care to advanced prostate cancer patients, we participate in leading-edge clinical trials that are conducted in our office. If you qualify for a clinical trial, we will explain the trial in depth with you and allow you to make an informed decision about whether you would like to participate or not. Trial participants may benefit from early access to new, improved treatments. Your study-related lab and radiology tests are often free, and you can feel good knowing you’ve played a vital role in developing new treatments with the potential to save many more lives.
Treatments and Therapies for Advanced Prostate cancer
Our goals are to prevent complications, preserve your quality of life, and prolong your life. There are a variety of treatment options available for men with advanced prostate cancer. Some treatments slow down the cancer’s growth or lessen the cancer symptoms. Other treatments are used to treat aggressive forms of prostate cancer to keep it under control. We offer the most prostate cancer treatment options to our men in this area.
Treatments for advanced prostate cancer include: