Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer affecting men in the United States, but is most treatable when caught early. Establishing a baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) score at age 40 can help doctors better interpret your future PSA scores. Know your stats—and don't let prostate cancer take you out of the game.
Talk to Your Doctor. Especially If You're 40.
The American Urological Association recommends that men age 40 and older talk with their doctor about prostate cancer testing. Knowing your score today could help save your life later.
For more resources and to download key questions to ask your doctor, call 1-800-828-7866 or visit www.KnowYourStats.org.
State of the Art, Local Options
The skilled surgeons at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital are trained to treat our patients using the most advanced technology available in the field. The da Vinci® Prostatectomy is a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgical procedure to remove the cancerous prostate gland and related structures. Our da Vinci® robotic surgery system gives surgeons eyes that can see with the clarity of a high-powered scope and hands that can operate with a range of motion greater than the human wrist – with unmatched accuracy and precision.
For most patients, the primary concerns about getting rid of prostate cancer include maintaining both urinary and sexual (erectile) function. With da Vinci® Prostatectomy, patients demonstrate proven results with many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including better cancer control, faster return of erectile function and a better chance for return of urinary continence.
Once invasive, complex procedures, prostatectomies can now be performed through incisions the size of a dime.
What does this mean for you?
A da Vinci® Prostatectomy is one of many treatment options for men facing prostate cancer. Besides surgery, other treatments include radiation (external beam, intensity modulated radiated, and brachytherapy), cryotherapy, hormone therapy, and watchful waiting/active surveillance. However, a study of over 400,000 men with localized prostate cancer showed that, when compared to radiotherapy and observation, radical prostatectomy patients had the most favorable cancer-specific survival rates.