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Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one has prostate cancer, trust the expert medical team and advanced technology at UHS to give you the care and treatment you need.

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Early detection of prostate cancer greatly increases your treatment options. Talk to your doctor about if a regular prostate cancer screening is right for you.

Screening tests include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which measures the level of a protein in your blood that may indicate prostate cancer, or a digital rectal exam, which checks for abnormal areas on your prostate through the rectal wall.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

You may not have any symptoms in the early stages of prostate cancer. In later stages, symptoms may include:

  • Frequent urination at night or an urgent need to urinate
  • Weak or slow urine stream
  • Blood in your urine or semen
  • Painful urination
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Dull pain in your lower back, hips or upper thighs
  • Persistent bone pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Difficulty urinating or inability to urinate
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Sensation that your bladder doesn’t empty completely

 

Prostate Cancer Treatment

Find advanced treatment for prostate cancer at UHS. Your doctor will first consider the least invasive treatment options.

At UHS, prostate cancer treatments may include:

  • Chemotherapy – Uses medication—delivered intravenously or in pill form—to target and kill cancer cells
  • Hormone therapy – Decreases your supply of testosterone so the prostate cancer cells slow in growth or die
  • Radiation therapy – Uses focused radiation beams to destroy cancer cells in your prostate gland while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Surgery (prostatectomy)– Removes part or all of your prostate gland

 

Expert Cancer Care Close to Home

Find exceptional cancer services throughout the UHS service area in New York’s Southern Tier. Services and treatments may vary by location. Your doctor will refer you to the location that best suits your care needs.

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