Latest Advancements in Prostate Cancer Treatment
Jan 10, 2019, 10:35 AM
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the most common cancer and second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, choosing the right place to go for treatment can be a difficult decision. Rest assured, the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center has provided state-of-the-art cancer treatment in our community for more than 30 years. Our leading-edge team of doctors includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, urologists and surgeons who collaborate to review and plan each patient's personalized care. Patients don’t have to leave their own community for prostate cancer treatment. Skagit Regional Health offers expert cancer diagnosis and treatment services for the residents of Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties.
Understanding Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer occurs if cells in the prostate begin to divide and grow abnormally and out of control, creating a mass or tumor and crowding out normal cells. These malignant (cancerous) cells have lost the behavior of normal cells, which die when they are damaged and have “boundaries” keeping them from spreading to the tissue that surrounds them. If left untreated, prostate cancer can spread to other sites in the body.
Signs and symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Slow or weak urine stream
- Blood in the urine
- Numbness or weakness of the legs or feet
- Problems getting an erection
If you have one or more of these symptoms, talk to your primary care doctor to see if prostate cancer screening is right for you. Some of these symptoms can be caused by non-cancerous conditions and treated if necessary.
Multidisciplinary Approach to Prostate Cancer Treatment
The prostate cancer team at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center is comprised of board-certified medical professionals from a number of disciplines. Working together, we collaborate on treatment decisions and offer personalized care for each patient.
Personalized treatment options for prostate cancer may include:
- Biological therapy
- Hormone therapy for prostate cancer
- Radiation therapy for prostate cancer
- Watchful waiting
Support for Patients with Prostate Cancer
Throughout your diagnosis and prostate cancer treatment, we will help you focus solely on getting well. We are here to answer any questions about our wide range of support services, including:
Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials
Your medical team will review new and promising clinical trials that specifically treat prostate cancer. If you meet the clinical trial criteria, you have the opportunity to talk more with your oncology provider to determine if a clinical trial is right for you.
For More Information About Prostate Cancer Services
If you have questions about prostate numbers or to learn more about prostate cancer services at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center, please contact one of our team members at 360-814-2146. We can help you make an appointment with a cancer care physician at one of our convenient locations.
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