Urologists located in Bloomington, IN
Accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer is the first step towards implementing effective treatment. The experienced urologists at Summit Urology in Bloomington, Indiana, have the most technologically advanced equipment available for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Call Summit Urology or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about your prostate health, cancer screening, and treatment options.
Prostate Cancer Q & A
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a small gland beneath a man’s bladder that produces seminal fluid. This fluid nourishes and transports sperm in semen.
Over 99% of prostate cancers develop in the gland cells of the prostate. This type of prostate cancer is called adenocarcinoma. In rare situations, prostate cancer develops in other prostate tissue and is called sarcoma.
The urologists at Summit Urology are skilled at treating all prostate conditions from mild infections to prostate cancers.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is often symptomless in its early stages, so screening is your best chance of early detection.
Routine prostate cancer screenings are advisable beginning at age 40. These screenings include digital rectal exams (DRE) every year, with the addition of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening blood tests after you hit age 50.
If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you should start getting both the exams and PSA screening blood tests at age 40.
As prostate cancer progresses, symptoms may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in semen
- Numbness or swelling in the legs, hips, or pelvis
- Bone pain
- Urinary symptoms
Because of the proximity to the urethra and bladder, prostate cancer can cause a variety of urinary symptoms. In addition to burning during urination, you may experience frequent urges to go or loss of bladder control. It’s also common to have problems controlling your urine stream, reduced urine flow, or blood in your urine.
How is prostate cancer diagnosed and treated?
Summit Urology has the most advanced diagnostic tools available on-site to help your doctor diagnose your prostate cancer, including state-of-the-art imaging and surgical facilities.
Depending on your symptoms, your urologist can perform prostate ultrasounds and prostate biopsies. Having access to this technology is vital because some prostate conditions have similar symptoms, and proper diagnosis is key to outlining effective treatment.
Some prostate cancer treatments offered by Summit Urology include:
- External beam radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
However, some prostate cancers don’t require immediate treatment, so your urologist may recommend watchful waiting and observation.
Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about prostate cancer treatment options through at Summit Urology today.