According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. In fact, one in six men is diagnosed with cancer of prostate. Men with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the disease than others.
Published data suggest that one of the most important factors in the treatment of prostate cancer is early diagnosis and precise treatment performed by experienced surgeons. We have one of the most experienced teams in urological cancer that demonstrates our commitment to providing first-class treatment and the most effective treatment options currently available to our patients.
However, before a treatment plan is determined, it is important to understand the disease and evaluate all available options.
- Prostate cancer is 1 in every 6 men
- Approximately 220,000 patients receive diagnosis of this disease in the next year in the U.S.
- With early diagnosis and treatment, survival rates are over 90%
- You can restore early continence and potency and the latest medical advances make it more likely.
- Age: Age is the main risk factor for prostate cancer and the disease is rare in men under 45 years of age, however, with the advance of screenings, prostate cancer has already been diagnosed and treated in our institution in men up to 30 years old. The probability of developing this disease increases greatly with age. In the United States, most men with cancer of prostate have more than 65 years.
- Family history: The risk is higher if his father or brother has had prostate cancer.
- Race: This disease is more common in African-Americans than in white men, including white men than in Hispanics, but it less common in Asians and American Indians.
- Certain prostate changes: Men with cells classified as high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia may present greater risk of cancer. Such changes have prostate cells under the microscope.
- Diet: Some studies suggest that men who consume a diet high in animal fat or meat may have a higher risk of cancer. Men who consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may have a lower risk.
In general, patients have no symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer, but any urinary problem should be examined by a doctor. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following changes:
- Need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Weak urine flow
- Flow of urine and begins to (or is difficult to start or stop)
- Pain or burning during urination
- Blood in urine and semen
- Low back pain, hip and thighs
- Difficulty in erection
The adequacy of the treatment options for prostate cancer should be evaluated based on several factors, including:
- Stage of prostate cancer
- Health status and age at time
- Personal Preferences
- Side effects of different treatment options
In the United States, prostatectomy is currently the most common treatment for localized cancer of prostate at an early stage. The Florida Hospital is proud to offer the most advanced form of surgery for this cancer type currently practiced – robotic prostatectomy prostatectomy performed using the da Vinci R robot offers tremendous benefits compared to traditional surgical procedures (open surgery or laparoscopic).
At Florida Hospital, we keep in mind what is best for the patient. Our experienced surgeons, a dedicated staff and modern facilities offer the most advanced procedures in a humanized context.
For more information about prostate cancer or to learn more about the requirements for performing robotic prostatectomy, please contact us today.