Researchers estimate that 13 of every 100 men develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. Though potentially serious, it’s possible to manage and treat with early diagnosis. At Modern Urology, experienced urologists Jose Vilaro, MD, and Adam De Fazio, MD, JD, provide comprehensive care for prostate cancer, including diagnosis and treatment. To make an appointment, call the practice in Miami, Florida, or book online today.
Prostate cancer is a disease that causes the cells in your prostate to divide and multiply uncontrollably. Left untreated, cancer can metastasize, spreading to other parts of your body.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. Usually, the disease progresses slowly, but sometimes its effects are immediate and life-threatening.
The symptoms of prostate cancer include:
Prostate cancer can also affect your sexual health, causing erectile dysfunction.
Modern Urology diagnoses prostate cancer in several ways. Depending on your age and medical history, they might recommend:
A PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen –– a type of protein produced by the prostate gland –– in your blood.
Abnormally high levels of PSA may indicate prostate cancer. That said, high PSA levels can point to other medical issues, like an enlarged or inflamed prostate. As a result, your provider might order additional testing.
A prostate exam involves a PSA test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). During a digital rectal exam, your Modern Urology inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into your anus. Then, they feel your prostate gland for any abnormal bumps or lumps.
An MRI fusion biopsy combines magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound technology to capture highly detailed pictures of your prostate gland. It helps your Modern Urology provider identify abnormal areas of tissue that might indicate cancer.
If your Modern Urology provider identifies an abnormal growth on your prostate, they might recommend a transperineal prostate biopsy. During the procedure, your provider inserts a very thin needle through the skin of your perineum (the area between your anus and scrotum) to collect a small sample of tissue.
Modern Urology is one of the only locations in Miami that routinely offers the transperineal approach. It’s quick, convenient, and reduces the risk of infection associated with traditional prostate biopsy.
Treatment of prostate cancer depends on various factors, including your age and how quickly the cancer is growing. Modern Urology might recommend:
You might also benefit from surgery to remove your prostate. Modern Urology offers minimally invasive robotic surgery. Robotic surgery allows for smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and fewer complications.
To learn more about the treatment options for prostate cancer, make an appointment at Modern Urology by calling the office or booking online today.