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Nobody wants to receive a cancer diagnosis, but it might bring relief to know that prostate cancer is one of the most treatable forms of the disease. At Kettering Health, we are here for you from early screening to treatment. We want to support you on this journey as we enable you for the fight to get better.
Our Approach to Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. It is highly treatable and has a high survival rate. Even so, it is scary to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and we recognize that. Your cancer team at Kettering Health is here to help you get through this. Our cancer team comprises highly trained experts who have been treating prostate cancer for decades. They are familiar with the most effective treatments to help you with your fight. Trust in us to help you get better.
Why Choose Kettering Health for Prostate Cancer Treatment?
The Kettering Health cancer team of oncologists, surgeons, specially trained nurses, and registered dietitians have the knowledge and experience to help you with your fight against prostate cancer. We are with you through every step of this process, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, and remission. We are here to support you and provide you with everything you need to recover.
We want to help you catch your prostate cancer early to ensure treatment is effective and successful. Depending on your age and risk factors, your doctor may recommend a screening.
A doctor’s suggesting a screening does not mean your doctor thinks you have prostate cancer. Screenings are performed even where no symptoms present, typically in men when they reach age 50.
Screenings consist of a digital rectal exam to check the prostate and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that uses a blood sample to determine if your prostate is producing normal levels of PSA.
If screenings suggest prostate cancer, the Kettering Health cancer team will work with you and your physician to determine if you have prostate cancer. Next steps often include ultrasounds and biopsies. These help further inspect your prostate gland to determine if cancerous cells are present.
If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, your cancer team will determine the stage of your cancer, which will help identify a treatment plan.
Stage I: Cancer at this stage is confined to a small area of the prostate gland.
Stage II: Cancer at this stage is typically larger and more aggressive. It could be present in both sides of the prostate gland.
Stage III: Cancer at this stage has spread beyond the prostate gland to nearby tissue and vesicles.
Stage IV: Cancer at this stage has spread to nearby organs, bones, lungs, or lymph nodes.
When it is time for prostate-cancer treatment, our doctors will work with you to determine a plan unique to your situation. Your individualized treatment regimen will take into account a variety of factors, including your cancer’s stage, rate of growth, and your personal wishes. Among options, your oncologist may advise the following:
- Active Surveillance
- Hormone therapy
- Radiation therapy
We will work with you to determine a plan that helps you achieve better health.