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Prostate Cancer Care

Offering Personalized, Comprehensive Urology Health Care

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men with more than 192,000 cases diagnosed each year. Fortunately, it is nearly 100% survivable if caught early.

Prostate Cancer Types

Almost all prostate cancers begin in the gland cells of the prostate and are known as adenocarcinomas.

Pre-cancerous changes of the prostate: By age 50, about half of all men have small changes in the size and shape of the cells in the prostate. This is called prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).

If PIN is present, the best strategy is to be certain a thorough biopsy procedure shows no invasive cancer. If PIN is the only finding, then careful follow-up screening with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal examination (DRE) is recommended.

Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting prostate cancer is a risk factor. These include:

  • Age: This is the most important risk factor. Most men who develop prostate cancer are older than 50. About two of every three prostate cancers are diagnosed in men older than 65.
  • Family history: Risk is higher when other members of your family (especially father, brother, son) have or had prostate cancer, especially if they were young when they developed it.
  • Race: African-American men have nearly double the risk of prostate cancer as white men. It is found less often in Asian American, Hispanic and American Indian men.
  • Diet: A high-fat diet, particularly a diet high in animal fats, may increase risk; diets high in fruits and vegetables may decrease risk.

Why choose Memorial for your prostate cancer treatment?

Our specialized team of a urologist, as well as medical, surgical and radiation oncologists communicate and collaborate closely – with you and each other – to be sure you receive the most advanced prostate cancer treatment with the least impact on your body. The physicians and support staff of Lake Charles Memorial work with the latest technology and techniques such as minimally invasive urologic robotic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Robotic-Assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery

Miniaturized robotic instruments are passed through several small keyhole incisions in the patient’s abdomen to allow the surgeon to remove the prostate and nearby tissues with great precision. This is much less invasive than a conventional radical retropubic prostatectomy, which involves an abdominal incision that extends from the belly button to the pubic bone. A three-dimensional endoscope and imaging equipment magnify delicate structures surrounding the prostate gland (e.g., nerves, blood vessels and muscles), allowing optimal preservation of these vital structures. The prostate is eventually removed through one of the keyhole incisions.

Learn about minimally invasive da Vinci® surgery here.