Treatment options depend on the likelihood of cancer spreading or the amount that has already occurred; the age, and the overall condition of the patient. An elderly patient with a type of prostate cancer that is very slow growing (low Gleason Score) and few or no symptoms may be a candidate for active surveillance. Tests are performed to evaluate the spread of the cancer. No treatment is actually started at the time of diagnosis.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Part I: Do you know your PSA score?
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the United States. In fact, one in six men will develop it. John Strickland, MD, of Kansas City Urology Care has a passion for prostate health and encourages men to keep track of their PSA levels. It can be as simple as taking your blood pressure and can save lives.
In the heat of the summer, fireflies can be seen outside after dark. At Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC), Robotic Surgeon Scott Montgomery, MD, is seeing a different type of Firefly™ in the operating room (OR).
There’s no doubt that robotic surgery has changed the traditional hysterectomy, allowing for a completely different experience than what your mother or grandmother once had.
Patients undergoing a prostate procedure have similar questions. Will the cancer be removed completely? Will it return? Will the surgery impact continence? What degree will I be able to function sexually after the surgery? These are all important factors in determining the success of the procedure.