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Prostate Cancer

One man in six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Yet only one man in every 30 will die of prostate cancer. The statistic, while encouraging, also leads to this question: How can I maximize my odds against being that one in 30? Early detection, prompt action when cancer is detected, and the most advanced treatments available are each patient’s best defense against prostate cancer. Whether you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or you are simply concerned with preventing it, St. John Providence Health System is on your side. That means you will have access to regular screenings and, if cancer is detected, you will review your options quickly with your entire cancer care team. It means your team is a nationally recognized group of experts who can then help you begin treatment within a short time of your diagnosis. It means you have access to all national clinical trials, for the most advanced treatment options. It means, simply, that you will have every conceivable advantage.

Fast, Comprehensive Treatment

Who can benefit from our prostate cancer expertise? Any men, whether concerned with preventing the disease, interested in regular screenings to maintain health, or focused on surviving prostate cancer. We are dedicated to providing the fastest and most comprehensive treatment available. Here’s how:

  • A nutritionist is available to consult with you on dietary and lifestyle choices to help prevent prostate cancer.
  • Genetic counseling is available to assess your risk if you are concerned about a family history of prostate cancer.
  • A full range of screening options provide the potential for early detection, maximizing your potential for recovery.
  • Patients have access to several treatment options and all national clinical trials.
  • Our multidisciplinary physician team provides the optimal treatment regimen for the man with prostate cancer, providing important advantages for men who:
    • Have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    • Have experienced a relapse of their disease.
    • Have undergone surgery for prostate cancer within six weeks of their referral to us.
    • Have had abnormal screenings or symptoms of prostate cancer.
    • Have been referred by their family physician or another surgeon for a second opinion about their prostate health and/or prostate cancer.
    • Have not received any form of treatment for their prostate cancer, either proven or suspected.

How To Reach Us

To schedule a consultation, call toll free, 1-866-246-4673.

Second Opinion

Patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer may come to us for a second opinion consultation. Second opinions are strongly recommended for all cancer diagnoses, so that you and your oncologist can choose the best treatment. Patients should ask their physicians to submit pathology materials for our review; each case receives a written evaluation.

Who’s On Your Team?

Our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care ensures that in a single visit, each patient receives a complete team of nationally recognized experts, including:

  • Primary Care Physician (usually conducts screening; if screening is abnormal, the following team members will become involved:)
  • Urologist or urologic surgeon
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Medical Oncologist

How We Treat You

We provide the following options for treatment of prostate cancer, all of which will be discussed with you by your urologist or multidisciplinary team. Treatments include:

  • External beam radiation oncology: A linear beam accelerator is focused on the exact location of the prostate cancer. Each treatment lasts just a few minutes and is painless (it is non-invasive, meaning your skin is not cut or punctured). You will usually be treated five days per week in an outpatient center over a period of 7 or 8 weeks. The treatment is given to a specific area in order to limit damage to healthy tissue.
  • Permanent seed implant: A tiny radioactive seed is implanted in the prostate gland. It delivers a calculated dose of radiation to surrounding tissue for a specified length of time.
  • HDR remote afterloading: A clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of high-dose radiation in the treatment of prostate cancer.
  • Hormone therapy (also called androgen suppression): Female hormones help control progression of the disease by lowering levels of the male hormones, which can cause prostate cancer cells to grow. This procedure may also be used to shrink the prostate in order to make radiation or surgery more effective. This treatment will not cure cancer.
  • Surgery: Called a radical prostatectomy, this curative surgery involves removal of the prostate gland plus some surrounding tissue, as well as a biopsy of nearby lymph nodes to be sure the cancer has not spread. This surgery is generally recommended for cancers that appear not to have spread beyond the prostate gland.

Reducing Your Risk

Here are a few of the ways we can help you prevent prostate cancer:

  • Screening (see the Specialized Services Section, above): According to the American Cancer Society, men 50 and older should receive both a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and Digital Rectal Examination (DRE) annually. Men at high risk (such as African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age) should begin testing at age 45. We provide a full range of screening services.
  • Lifestyle choices: Current information suggests that some prostate cancer cases can be prevented. You may be able to reduce your risk of prostate cancer by eating a diet low in fat and high in vegetables, fruits, and grains. A nutritionist can consult with you about cancer-preventing lifestyle changes, such as reducing fat intake, reducing alcohol intake, not smoking and exercising three times each week.
  • Risk assessment: We can work with you to determine your personal risk for prostate cancer. Risk factors include race, genetic factors (we offer genetic testing), lifestyle, family history, age and diet.


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You are Unique

At St. John Providence Health System, we know that you’re a unique individual and not just a condition or a list of symptoms. We treat the whole person.

Get in touch with us so we can learn about you and give you the help you need for your individual situation.

Call 1-866-246-4673