Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells within the prostate and is common in older men. It is usually slow growing but can, in certain cases, be aggressive.
Early prostate cancer generally has no symptoms, but can be suspected by your urologist with a routine blood count that looks at the protein cell count in the prostate, the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) level. Signs and symptoms of later staged prostate cancer include frequent urination, nocturia (increased urination at night), difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream of urine, hematuria (blood in the urine), and dysuria (painful urination). Very advanced cases of prostate cancer can spread to other parts of the body, possibly causing additional symptoms. The most common symptom is bone pain.
Prostate cancer is confirmed through a biopsy after an increase in PSA.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for prostate cancer: