According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. One man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime.
For prostate cancer, risk factors include age, race and family history. It is found primarily in older men. For reasons that are not understood, African-American men are twice as likely as white men to develop the disease.
Early diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment of prostate cancer. Many men with prostate cancer experience no symptoms. The first indication is often an abnormal finding on a routine screening exam.
To detect and diagnose prostate cancer, Crozer-Keystone specialists may use a range of tests that examine the prostate and blood. These tests include a digital rectal exam, a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test, and transrectal ultrasound guide prostate biopsy. The American Cancer Society recommends that men who are over 50 years old are candidates for regular prostate screening (or as young as 40 years old if they are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer).
Crozer-Keystone offers advanced treatment options for prostate cancer patients. Our physicians and specialists work together to develop the best possible treatment plan for each patient. Treatments may include:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT): Crozer-Keystone radiation oncologists have treated hundreds of patients with this highly specialized and focused external beam therapy offered at both Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
- Brachytherapy: Crozer-Chester Medical Center is a regional leader in the use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy, also known as “seed implants,” to care for prostate cancer patients.
- CyberKnife radiosurgery: Philadelphia CyberKnife in Havertown is a department of Delaware County Memorial Hospital, and Crozer-Keystone radiation oncologists are the leading providers at the center.
- Surgery: For qualified candidates, prostatectomies can be performed using da Vinci Robotic Surgery.
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is sometimes used if prostate cancer has spread outside of the prostate gland when hormone therapy isn't working.
Crozer-Keystone cancer patients can expect treatment for both body and mind. We treat your medical condition, but we also understand your needs for emotional balance, physical comfort and quality of life. We offer a range of programs to help you through your recovery process. Learn more »