Prostate cancer, the cancer of the prostate gland, is a common form of male cancer. One out of ever six American men will deal with prostate cancer at some point in their lives. The condition can be successfully treated if diagnosed early, and Alamance Urological offers a variety of minimally invasive treatment options for our prostate cancer patients.

Diagnosis and Screening

Early diagnosis of prostate cancer is the key to successful treatment, but the condition often causes no symptoms, which can make diagnosis difficult. For this reason, we advocate yearly prostate screenings to all patients who are 50 or older or who have a family history of prostate cancer. Our treatment options will likely be successful provided we find prostate cancer before it spreads out of the prostate gland and into the rest of the body.

Minimally Invasive Treatments

If we discover prostate cancer during a routine prostate screening, we will begin treatment quickly in order to stop the cancer from spreading. Our goal is to use the least invasive treatment possible for each patient. Because each prostate cancer case is unique, treatment will be tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

Brachytherapy is one treatment option we offer our prostate cancer patients. This treatment involves placing tiny seeds of radiation directly in the gland. as the seeds deliver the radiation into the gland, the tumors are destroyed. The seeds eventually lose their radioactive properties, so they do not need to be removed. They are placed through tiny needles, so no surgery is required.

HIFU, or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound, is another minimally invasive treatment option we offer prostate cancer patients. HIFU uses sound waves to target, heat, and then destroy the entire prostate gland. This effectively destroys the tumors the gland contains while greatly reducing the risk of side effects common to other prostate cancer treatment options, including incontinence and impotence.

Our goal is to treat prostate cancer successfully while lowering the risk of side effects for our patients. Quality of life after a procedure is always on the forefront of our minds, and for this reason we feel confident recommending these minimally invasive treatment options to our prostate cancer patients.