Approximately 233,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and most of them will survive it. Your Kettering Cancer Care team is made up of highly trained experts who have been treating prostate cancer for decades and know the most effective treatments to help you with your fight.
Depending on your age and risk factors for prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend a screening. This request for a screening does not mean that your doctor thinks you have prostate cancer.
Screenings are typically conducted in men starting around age 50, even when there are no symptoms present. Screenings consist of a digital rectal exam to examine the prostate, and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that uses a blood sample to determine if your prostate is producing normal levels of PSA.
If initial screenings point toward the possibility of prostate cancer, the Kettering Cancer Care team will work with you and your physician to definitively determine if you have prostate cancer. Ultrasounds and biopsies are most often employed to further inspect your prostate gland and determine if cancerous cells are present. If it is determined that you have prostate cancer, your Kettering Cancer Care team will determine the stage, or development, of your cancer, which will help to determine treatment.
The cancer care team at Kettering will recommend an individualized treatment regimen for your prostate cancer that takes into account a variety of factors, including your cancer's stage, rate of growth and your personal wishes for treatment. Among the options your oncologist may advise are:
The Kettering Cancer Care team of oncologists, surgeons, specially trained nurses and registered dietitians has the knowledge and experience to help you with your fight against prostate cancer.