The prostate is a gland surrounding the urethra in men, located in the pelvis between the bladder and base of the penis. The vast majority of men have an adenocarcinoma, which occurs when cells in the prostate gland changes into an invasive cancer. Some prostate tumors are non-cancerous, and those that are cancerous are often slow growing produce few symptoms.
Screening and Treatment
Men are screened for prostate cancer in two ways – with a digital rectum exam to feel for irregularities in the prostate, and through a blood test that measures for a prostate specific antigen, or PSA, level. Men should discuss with their physician how often and at what age these screenings should take place.
Treatment for prostate cancer varies depending on the rate of growth of the tumor and the condition of the patient. Treatments can range from surgery, radiation, hormone therapy or chemotherapy, to simple maintenance of the condition. Once detected, a multidisciplinary team can explain and review options to help you find the best, individualized approach to treatment.
Through a close partnership with Boston-based hospitals and the National Cancer Institute, we are able to offer cancer clinical trials designed to identify safer and more effective approaches to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is important to know that when taking part in a clinical trial, you will continue to receive the highest quality care for your cancer. Learn more about our clinical trial options here
The Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital is committed to supporting your mental and physical health through every step of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. From dedicated physicians and nurses to social workers and support groups, the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital has several resources for you and your family, all close to home. Learn more about our resources to support your care here