Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. One out of every 10 men will develop the disease at some time in his life - most often after age 50.
In its early stages, prostate cancer causes no symptoms meaning that diagnosis is usually made during a routine prostate exam called a digital rectal exam. A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test may also be ordered to look for elevated levels of PSA which can indicate cancer as well as other prostate diseases. Depending on these results, an ultrasound or a biopsy may be ordered.
Some cancers grow so slowly that treatment may not be needed at all. Others grow fast and are life-threatening so treatment is usually necessary. Treatment depends on the stage and aggressiveness of the cancer, your risk category, age and overall health. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and other treatments are all available depending on your specific needs.
AUS patients have access to some of the country's leading urologic cancer specialists and a range of services including screening exams, transrectal ultrasound and biopsy, MRI Ultrasound Fusion Guided Biopsies, second opinions and treatment from surgery to radiation therapy.
The following is a list of possible treatment options.
Cryosurgery — the controlled freezing of the prostate gland which destroys cancer cells. Performed under anesthesia, this treatment is for men who are not good candidates for surgery or radiotherapy.
Radical Prostatectomy — complete surgical removal of the prostate gland along with the pelvic lymph nodes. Radical prostatectomy may be performed by robotic, retropubic or perineal approach. Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy (RALP) is the most common type of prostate cancer surgery done today.
Hormonal Ablation Therapy — done either surgically or through medication, drugs are used to block or lower testosterone and other male sex hormones that fuel cancer.
Observation — active surveillance during which patients are monitored for cancer growth with regular PSA tests, DREs and periodic biopsies. Progression of the disease would be an indication to change plans and treatment modality.
Radiation Therapy — uses ionizing radiation to destroy cancer cells and has been proven to be effective in the treatment of many cancers.
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) — uses the energy of sound waves to target and superheat the tumor to kill cells (with the help of MRI scans). Learn more about HIFU.
Advanced Cancer Therapeutics (ACT) — ACT is a term used to describe treatment for cancers that are advanced beyond their organ of origin or for high risk cancers. Whether it's a primary or secondary cancer, the Arizona Urology Specialists ACT Team strives to enhance longevity and quality of life.
Arizona Urology Specialists — Locations
Glendale5750 W. Thunderbird Rd. Suite B-200 | Glendale, AZ 85306 602.222.1900More Info
Glendale — Arrowhead6320 W. Union Hills Drive Suite B-2600 | Glendale, AZ 85308 602.222.1900More Info
Glendale — Peoria7747 W. Deer Valley Rd. Suite 235 | Peoria, AZ 85382 602.222.1900More Info
Phoenix — Deer Valley19841 N 27th Ave. Suite 201 | Phoenix, AZ 85027 602.222.1900More Info
Phoenix — Downtown1313 East Osborn Rd. Suite B150 | Phoenix, AZ 85014 602.222.1900More Info
Scottsdale — 92nd Street10301 North 92nd Street Suite 101 | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 602.222.1900More Info
Scottsdale — Grayhawk20401 N. 73rd St. Suite 105 | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 602.222.1900More Info
Scottsdale — South3501 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite 250 | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 602.222.1900More Info
Mesa5058 E Southern Ave. Suite 102 | Mesa, AZ 85206 602.222.1900More Info
Fountain Hills16838 East Palisades Blvd. Bldg C | Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 602.222.1900More Info
Arizona Prostate Cancer Center20601 North 19th Ave. Suite 115 | Phoenix, AZ 85027 602.557.0055More Info