The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that weighs about 1 ounce. It surrounds the neck of a man’s bladder, specifically, the urethra. The urethra carries urine from the bladder of the body. Behind the prostate is the rectum, which is why doctors can feel the gland by hand from the recturm. The prostate makes a fluid that sustains semen.
The world renowned radiation oncology team at Orange County CyberKnife are experts in treating cancer of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is the formation of abnormal cells in the prostate gland which create a lump. The cells can grow rapidly and sometimes spread to other parts of the body. It is the most common non-skin cancer for American men, affecting 1 in 7.
Your Orange County CyberKnife team will discuss the array of advanced non-surgical radiation treatment options available to you and the success rates with each type. When caught early, before spreading to other parts of the body, prostate cancer is extremely treatable as shown in the chart below:
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* Percent still living after initial diagnosis. Includes all stages of men who die of prostate cancer.
Almost all prostate cancers are considered acinar adenocarcinoma type (90%). This type of cancer begins in the prostate gland cells, grows slowly and is not likely to spread. There are a few subtypes of adenocarcinoma, but they are all treated the same. The other 10% of prostate cancers may be one of six other types of rare cancer and so knowledge about best treatments is limited.
There are only a few risk factors that have proven that they might affect a man’s risk of getting prostate cancer. There are many more that researchers think MAY have an impact. And, there are a few others that have been rumored to be risk factors, but there is no evidence linking them to prostate cancer. Having one or more risk factors doesn’t mean you’re going to get cancer.
Prostate cancer is also most common in North America, northwestern Europe, Australia, and on Caribbean islands. It is less common in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. The reasons for this are not clear, but may be related to the ability to screen more patients in developed countries. Other lifestyle differences might be important as well. For example, for men in the U.S., the risk of developing prostate cancer is 17%. For men who live in rural China, it’s 2%. However, when Chinese men move to the western culture, their risk increases substantially.
At Orange County CyberKnife, you’ll find a variety of radiotherapy options to treat both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors throughout the body, including the non-surgical CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery system. Find out more about prostate cancer here:
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Most men find out they have prostate cancer after a regular prostate screening test. The American Cancer Society recommends that men discuss screening pros and cons with their doctor to determine if they should have prostate screening. Many men begin having one or more of the screenings after age 50. Typical prostate cancer screenings include:
If your doctor thinks you might have prostate cancer, based on the initial screenings, he or she may order additional tests to confirm the diagnosis. Those tests may include:
After these tests, if your doctor believes you have prostate cancer, he or she may order imaging tests to determine the shape and size of the tumor and the extent to which it may or may not have spread to other parts of the body. Orange County CyberKnife has convenient access to an advanced imaging center located within their building, allowing them to plan and monitor the success of tumor treatment. Imaging tests that may be ordered include:
Prostate cancer is 99% treatable when caught early, before the cancer spreads to other parts of the body. Sometimes, based on the age and and type of the cancer, you and your doctor may decide to postpone treatment of prostate cancer, but monitor its development. Oftentimes, cancer treatment will involve surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Orange County CyberKnife is the premier cancer treatment center for many types of radiation therapy, offering a variety of options.
The radiation oncologists at Orange County CyberKnife are uniquely qualified to treat your individual case due to their experience in treating prostate cancer using the most advanced methods. We are also the only comprehensive radiation oncology center in Orange County that offers all of the most advanced, non-surgical treatment options from one convenient center, including: CyberKnife, conventional IMRT, IGRT, HDR brachytherapy, hyperthermia and more. That means our specialists, who are experienced with all of these treatment types, will offer the best treatment option(s) given each patient’s unique situation.
When it comes to treating your prostate cancer with radiation therapy, Orange County Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center is your expert choice. The descriptions for your prostate cancer treatment options include:
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Because your prostate is so near vital primary structures, you want to make sure that your treatment specialists are experienced and knowledgeable. The radiation oncology specialists at Orange County CyberKnife are equipped to develop an effective prostate cancer treatment plan for you that minimizes the risk to these surrounding structures, based on the type and stages of your cancer. Orange County CyberKnife is the premier cancer treatment center of Southern California and Orange County, with a comprehensive array of radiation procedures.
Since 90% of prostate cancer is considered one type, the treatment options for early detected prostate cancer are the same.
Your doctor will be able to tell the type of prostate cancer you have by taking samples of the cancerous tumor from your prostate during a biopsy. A pathologist can distinguish between the different types of cells by examining them through a microscope.
Identifying the stages of prostate cancer is important to help determine treatment type and prognosis. The stages of prostate cancer, like other cancers, correspond with the methodology TNM – tumor, node, metastasis.
Doctors assign levels for each of the above factors and then combine these levels into stages. They stages of prostate cancer are:
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you still have questions, please give us a call at (714) 962-7100. Our team of internationally renowned radiation oncologists at Orange County CyberKnife are ready to work with you on a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Our Southern California cancer treatment center is equipped with the latest radiosurgery and radiotherapy equipment to best reach and destroy cancerous cells, including the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery system. Use these links to find out more about prostate cancer:
Please contact us today at (714) 962-7100 for a free, phone consultation. We are here to help you by answering your questions and discussing treatment options. Our staff of highly-trained oncologists looks forward to working with you to provide an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs.
There are no definite ways to prevent prostate cancer, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise can help reduce the risk of getting the disease.
Yes. The cure rate for prostate cancer is very high because almost all men are diagnosed in the early stages. Most men diagnosed in the early stages are disease-free after five, ten and 15 years.
There are several different treatment options for prostate cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy. You also may treat prostate cancer with a combination of these, used in conjunction with each other or at different times, depending on how advanced the cancer is. Once you consult with your urologist, a radiation oncologist and a medical oncologist, you’ll be able to compile the most successful treatments available.
After you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact Orange County CyberKnife and schedule your first consultation. We will meet with you to evaluate your specific situation and explain the various treatment types available to you. We are the only comprehensive radiation oncology center in Orange County to offer the most advanced CyberKnife, external beam radiation therapy, HDR brachytherapy and hyperthermia treatment options from one outpatient cancer center. No matter what treatment we are using, our radiation oncologists, physicists, and dosimetrists will work as a team to develop the most effective treatment plan for you.
The CyberKnife treatments are offered as an outpatient service at Orange County Cyberknife, which is conveniently located in Fountain Valley, California, just off the 405 at the Brookhurst exit.
Side effects of radiation therapy depend on the type. In most cases, patients who have the CyberKnife procedure have few noticeable side effects and are able to resume normal activities soon after treatments. With all radiation treatments there is a potential for: constipation, urinary retention or incontinence, blood in stool, injury to rectal or bladder wall, erectile dysfunction. Discuss your specific case with your Orange County CyberKnife radiation oncologist to make sure you fully understand any potential risks of your treatment.
Orange County CyberKnife treatments for prostate cancer are approved with Medicare, and a preferred in-network provider with most HMO, IPA and Private Insurances. Our team will verify coverage with your insurance before any consultation or treatments begin.