Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men—with only skin cancer being more common—and will be diagnosed in 1 out of 6 males over the course of their lives. Prostate cancer, like all cancers, occurs when cells within the gland multiply in an uncontrolled fashion.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in the male reproductive system located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate is the only gland which grows with age, causing compression on urinary flow. While most men who experience decreased urinary flow do not have prostate cancer it is important to discuss any symptoms with your physician. When prostate cancer is caught at an early stage, there are many more treatment options available to patients.
Patients and family members can be affected for years by prostate cancer and its treatment. The good news is that thanks to major advancements in the management of prostate cancer, the cure rate is very high when the disease is diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
Riverside’s Prostate Cancer Program offers the advanced technology, the highly skilled and compassionate people and the full range of support needed to guide a patient and his family through the diagnosis and treatment process. Our team of physicians centers on urologists who diagnose the disease and can perform surgery to remove the prostate. Other members of the team include medical and radiation oncologists —cancer specialists — who also provide treatment, as well as our Prostate Cancer Patient Navigator, who is there every step of the way, helping to assure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and answering any questions patients and family members may have.
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