West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled prostate cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with prostate cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Blood tests: your physician may test your blood to check for elevated levels of a prostate-specific antigen.
- Digital rectal examination: a procedure to examine and check the size and texture of the prostate.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis. A biopsy will determine if the patient has BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), cancer or another medical problem.
Your Treatment Plan
Your prostate cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Surgery: surgery is used to diagnose, stage, and treat prostate cancer. Surgical removal of the prostate is considered a local treatment and is an effective treatment option if the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate.
- Radiation therapy: radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. In early-stage prostate cancer, radiation can be used instead of surgery, or it may be used after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain in the area. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Hormonal Therapy: hormonal therapy may be used as a treatment for prostate cancer is to block or prevent the cancer cells from being exposed to testosterone.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy may be used with radiation therapy and/or surgery to treat your cancer.
- Targeted Therapy: a type of drug therapy that targets specific abnormalities within cancer cells that allow them to survive. This “personalized” medicine is less about a “one-size-fits-all” approach to cancer treatment, and more tailored to your specific cancer.