At Alaska CyberKnife Center, located inside the Providence Alaska Cancer Center, our board-certified radiation oncologists are able to provide effective radiotherapy treatments for prostate cancer. Using the latest technology, our caring and knowledgeable staff can attack cancerous cells in your prostate with precision that is incomparable. We will also work with your medical team and explain all of your treatment options so that you can choose the plan of treatment that best fits your wishes and desires.
The prostate is a gland about the size of a golf ball that surrounds a man’s urethra, the neck of his bladder. The prostate gland is important in the reproductive process as it makes a fluid that nourishes sperm. Most cases of prostate cancer start when the DNA in prostate gland cells changes, causing the cells to grow abnormally and multiply rapidly.
Prostate cancer is the most frequent type of cancer found in men other than skin cancer. Thankfully, 92% of prostate cancers are found early, before the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body. Survival rates are excellent for early stage prostate cancer, with 99% living at least five years after diagnosis and 98% living 10 years after. Still, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the U.S., even though the death rate has been falling steadily.
For unknown reasons, nearly half of all men age 50 or older have some small prostate gland cell irregularities called prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). These irregularities usually don’t require treatment and not all cases develop into prostate cancer. While doctors aren’t sure what can cause prostate cancer, they know that high-grade PINs have a 20 percent to 30 percent chance of becoming cancerous. For men with a high-grade PIN, doctors might recommend a biopsy, PSA screening and regular rectal examinations.
More than 90% of prostate cancers are a type of cancer called adenocarcinoma. There are a few subtypes of adenocarcinoma, but they are all treated the same. The other 10% of prostate cancers may be one of six other types of rare cancer.
To detect prostate cancer early, most doctors recommend men 50 and older have a yearly physical (including a rectal exam) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. If your urologist or primary care doctor detects elevated PSA levels, you have some options:
If you notice any of these symptoms of advanced prostate cancer, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible:
If you have any questions regarding symptoms of prostate cancer please don’t hesitate to call us at (907) 312-2112 today to speak with one of our cancer specialists or to schedule an appointment. If you have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, call our center immediately to set up an appointment so that we can discuss all of your radiation treatment options, including CyberKnife. If radiosurgery at an Anchorage cancer center sounds like it might be the right treatment for you, schedule your consultation today.
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