Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men and it can spread rapidly in some cases. At Bayside Urology in Clearwater and Dunedin, Florida, urologist Cesar Abreu Jr., MD, and his team diagnose and treat prostate cancer according to its severity. For expert prostate cancer diagnosis and management, call Bayside Urology or book an appointment online today.
The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system that produces seminal fluid. It’s roughly the size of a walnut and is located right below your bladder. The seminal fluid from your prostate joins sperm from your testes to nourish and transport them through the urethra.
Your sperm need seminal fluid to function at their best. Because of this, proper prostate function is important for your fertility. Certain complications can affect the health and functioning of your prostate, including prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, or uncontrolled cell growth, in men. When confined to your prostate alone, prostate cancer might not cause symptoms or lasting damage. However, depending on the type of prostate cancer, the cancer can grow and spread quickly. It’s important to seek treatment at Bayside Urology if you develop symptoms that could indicate prostate cancer, even in its earlier and less harmful stages.
Some symptoms that could indicate prostate cancer are:
Depending on your risk factors like your family history or weight, your primary care provider might recommend getting prostate cancer screenings after a certain age, even if you have no symptoms.
The Bayside Urology team offers several treatment options for prostate cancer. They discuss your options and make recommendations based on the severity of your cancer. If your prostate cancer is slow-growing, you might only need minimal treatment or no treatment at all.
For more aggressive or fast-spreading types of prostate cancer, the Bayside Urology team might recommend:
Pelvic lymphadenectomy is a surgery to remove the lymph nodes from your pelvis. Once removed, a pathologist views them under a microscope for signs of cancer. They recommend further treatment based on whether or not they find cancer cells within the lymph nodes.
This is a surgery to remove your entire prostate, seminal vesicles, and the tissues surrounding them. During a retropubic prostatectomy, your surgeon makes an incision in your abdominal wall to access the prostate. During a perineal prostatectomy, they remove your prostate through an incision in your perineum (the area between your scrotum and anus).
During either type of radical prostatectomy, the team might also remove the lymph nodes.
To learn more about prostate cancer, undergo testing, or explore treatments, call Bayside Urology, or book an appointment online today.