Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a very common condition. Because it is such a common disease, abundant literature is available on various aspects of the condition. Below are good websites for information.

Points to Remember

There are two factors that trigger a workup for prostate cancer = either an abnormal rectal exam or an abnormal PSA blood test.

The only way to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy. This is usually done using a transrectal ultrasound passed through the rectum. A biopsy needle instrument is passed to the prostate and tiny pieces of tissue are obtained for pathology examination.

It can occur in even young men, I have diagnosed this in men in their late thirties.

In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the chance of cure.

A normal PSA is not always a guarantee you don’t have prostate cancer.

There are many treatment options available.

The goal of treatment should be cure of the disease with preservation of normal functions, mainly, urinary continence and normal sexual function.