Your best chance for surviving prostate cancer is detecting it early. When prostate cancer is found early, there is nearly a 100 percent chance for cure.
Prostate cancer occurs when cells in the prostate grow and multiply uncontrollably, damaging surrounding tissue and interfering with the normal function of the prostate. The cells can spread to other parts of the body. When the disease spreads, it is still called prostate cancer.
At Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, prostate cancer is treated with a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of experts including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists work together to develop an individual treatment plan based on each patient's unique needs.
Cancer risk factors include exposure to chemicals or other substances, as well as certain behaviors. They also include things people cannot control, like age and family history.
Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.
Most cancers have the same symptoms as other, less serious conditions. Still, it’s important to know the signs.
Common cancer treatments include chemotherapy, radiation treatment and surgery. Doctors select the treatment for prostate cancer based on your diagnosis and disease stage.
Surgery to treat prostate cancer usually requires cutting the tubes between the testicles and urethra that transport the sperm and semen.