Prostate Cancer Awareness
Detecting and Treating Prostate Cancer
Dr. Carson Wong explains the importance of regular screenings, who should be screened and what treatment options are available.
At University Hospitals Parma Medical Center, we understand that early detection and treatment of cancers is the key to success. Although the risk for prostate cancer in men will vary, understanding the disease is important for every man.
As men grow older, the size of their prostate can increase. As the prostate enlarges, men may develop symptoms with regards to urination such as:
- A weak urine stream
- Change in the frequency of urination
- The inability to control the urge to urinate
Although many men may experience these symptoms, it is important to differentiate whether the patient has just an enlargement of the prostate or prostate cancer.
Because the symptoms for prostate cancer can appear in many men, widespread prostate cancer screening is essential to the early treatment and diagnosis of the disease. The American Urological Association recommends that each man over the age of 50 be screened annually with a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.
Men who are at a higher risk should begin screenings at age 40. These include those having family members who have suffered from prostate cancer and African American men.
Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
UH Parma Medical Center ensures every patient is given an exhaustive list of the treatment options that are available for prostate cancer, so that they and their family can make an informed decision as far as which treatment option is most appropriate. Treatment options include:
- Surgical removal:
- Open surgery
- Radiation therapy:
- External beam
- Proton therapy
- Seed therapy
- Injections (lowers blood testosterone)
- Cryo-surgery (prostate freezing)
- Watchful waiting
Robotic or robot-assisted prostate surgery is minimally invasive and is performed through small incisions, resulting in significantly less trauma and blood loss. There is less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activity.
Learn more about the next prostate cancer awareness health talk.
UH Parma Medical Center Urologist Ranked Among the Nation’s Best
Carson Wong, MD, is the Medical Director for the Center for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at UH Parma Medical Center. Dr. Wong has received many honors throughout his career and is rated in the top 1 percent of urologists in the nation in both the U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly Medical Limited Top Doctors.