Medical experts estimate that nearly 165,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018, the American Cancer Society reports. With their extensive background in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; and Jeffrey L. Evans, MD offer advanced diagnostic and treatment options for prostate cancer. Book your exam at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans in Burien, Washington either online or over the phone.
Because prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in men — behind skin cancer — it’s something all men should be concerned about. Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, so routine screenings are important. Prostate cancer also has a higher prevalence among men who:
Generally, prostate cancer grows slowly and develops only within the prostate gland. As long as prostate cancer is detected early, you have a high chance of successful treatment and a full recovery.
Depending on the cancer’s progression — prostate cancer typically doesn’t cause symptoms in the beginning. Some of the initial warning signs that you may have prostate cancer include:
Depending on your age, overall health, and any underlying risk factors, you should go through prostate screening every year or two. This way you can get started on treatment early on if your urologist detects an abnormal growth.
After a biopsy confirms a cancerous growth, your dedicated urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans helps you determine which treatment option is best for you. Treating prostate cancer depends on whether the tumor is aggressive. If it’s low-risk prostate cancer, you may only need to monitor it and schedule regular exams, blood tests, and biopsies.
If it does start progressing or if it’s a known active tumor, you might need to have surgery to remove your prostate. This procedure, known as a radical prostatectomy, involves removing your prostate gland, as well as surrounding tissue and some lymph nodes. With advancements in surgical techniques, the urologists at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans usually perform this procedure using the minimally invasive robotic da Vinci® Surgical System.
While less common, sometimes your practitioner needs to make an incision in your abdomen instead to remove your prostate. Because the side effects of radical prostatectomy sometimes include erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, surgery is almost always the absolute last resort.
Schedule your prostate cancer screening at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans by using the online booking system or by calling the office.