Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men. Only skin cancer is more common. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and 1 in 6 African American men will be diagnosed.
About prostate cancer
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in the male reproductive system located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. The prostate is the only gland that grows with age. This causes pressure on a man's urinary flow. While most men who get lower urinary flow do not have prostate cancer, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your physician.
Like all cancers, prostate cancer occurs when cells within the gland multiply in an uncontrolled way. When prostate cancer is caught at an early stage, there are many more treatment options available to patients.
Patients and family members can be affected for years by prostate cancer and its treatment. The good news is that thanks to major advancements in the management of prostate cancer, the cure rate is very high when the disease is diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
Riverside’s Prostate Cancer Program offers the advanced technology, the highly skilled and compassionate people and the full range of support needed to guide a patient and his family through the diagnosis and treatment process. Our team of physicians centers on urologists who diagnose the disease and can perform surgery to remove the prostate.
Other members of the prostate cancer team include medical and radiation oncologists — cancer specialists — who also provide treatment, as well as our Prostate Cancer Patient Navigator. This nurse navigator is there every step of the way, to help assure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and to answer any questions you and your family may have.