Early detection for prostate health
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer, with one in six men developing the disease within their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer. Early detection offers the best opportunity for successful treatment, so talk to your doctor about what exams and screenings are appropriate for you.
Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda’s cancer care teams utilize the latest diagnostic technology to detect cancer at its earliest stages. Doctors often combine more than one therapy to treat prostate cancer, such as:
- Active surveillance – For men who do not undergo surgery, doctors may increase monitoring through more frequent prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests, digital rectal exams and biopsies.
- Cryosurgery – Also called cryotherapy or cryoablation, this technique is sometimes used to treat localized prostate cancer by freezing diseased tissue.
- Hormone therapy – Lowering the levels of male hormones, mainly testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), can make prostate cancers shrink or grow more slowly.
- Robotic surgery – Surgeons can remove the prostate using the minimally invasive da Vinci® Si™ surgical system, which offers less pain and scarring, and a quicker recovery than open surgery or laparoscopic techniques. Many men return to their normal activities within a few days (available at Punta Gorda only). For more information about the latest innovations in urologic surgeries, visit the Institute for Robotic Surgery Southwest Florida.