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.
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.
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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