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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Prostate cancer diagnostics and treatment

At each of our hospitals, you'll find innovative prostate cancer treatments and technologies—all under one roof. Our prostate cancer experts use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including advanced imaging and laboratory tests, to evaluate prostate cancer. This diagnostic evaluation takes about three to five days.

Then together, we develop a comprehensive prostate cancer treatment plan that works for you. Your individualized plan will include advanced medical treatments and technologies, combined with supportive care services to help reduce side effects and keep you strong in body, mind and spirit.

Diagnostic evaluations

Screening guidelines

When it comes to screening for prostate cancer, every man needs to take into account his risk for the disease and consult his doctor. The American Cancer Society (ACS) advises that men 50 and older talk to their physician about whether and when to be tested for prostate cancer. Men with one or more risk factors should consult a doctor about whether to begin screenings earlier.

For example, if you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should discuss your testing options and prostate cancer risk with a health care provider at a younger age. Routine screenings involve a PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often you’re tested will depend on your PSA level. 

Treatment plans

A thorough and accurate cancer diagnosis is the first step in developing a prostate cancer treatment plan. Your integrated team of prostate cancer experts will use advanced diagnostic tests and tools to evaluate the disease and plan your individualized treatment. 

Throughout your treatment, we'll use imaging and laboratory tests to track the size of the tumors, monitor your response to treatment and modify your plan when needed. If active surveillance is your treatment plan, you would have a PSA test every three months and a biopsy every 15 months.

Physical exam and health history

Within the first two days of your arrival at our hospital, we will perform a complete array of diagnostic tests, and thoroughly review your medical records and health history. Your doctor will also likely conduct a physical exam. This information helps us formulate treatment recommendations best suited to you.

Reduced wait times for appointments and test results

We understand that waiting for test results can create a great deal of stress. To ease anxiety and help you begin your prostate cancer treatment sooner, we provide reduced wait times for appointments and test results. Our turnaround time goal—from the time of the scan to providing results so treatment planning can occur—is four hours.

Comfort equipment

We also want you to be as comfortable as possible during your imaging tests. Our team uses padding and comfort equipment, as well as a variety of positioning devices, to help you feel more relaxed during scans and procedures.

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Last Revised: 02/01/2018

Advanced genomic testing

genomic tumor assessment

We use advanced genomic testing to examine a patient's tumor on a cellular level. This innovative tool can help us find what's driving the cancer's growth and offer patients more precise treatment.

A personalized treatment plan

a personalized treatment plan

Our doctors work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and diagnosis.

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