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The Role of a Urologist in Treating Prostate Cancer

About 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It is the second most common cancer in men. It is the most cancer in men and the second most common cause of death related to cancer. Fortunately, it also has a high survival rate, especially if you catch and treat it in its earliest stages. Working with a skilled urologist can help you increase your odds of recovery.


Unusual Signs

Prostate cancer typically demonstrates little to no clinical symptoms. However, If you notice any of the following unusual symptoms that you think might be due to prostate cancer, it’s important to schedule a visit with a urologist in Miami. Signs to look for include the following:

  • Changes in urination (frequency, change in flow or inability to urinate)
  • A lump or mass on the prostate by a digital rectal exam, often referred as a nudue.
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Lower abdominal pain, particularly during voiding.

Many times, however, prostate cancer gives no warning signs. Regular screenings are important as you grow older, especially if there is a history of prostate cancer in your family. Nearly all prostate cancer is diagnosed in men aged 50 or older, so once you reach this age, it’s important to start getting tested on a regular basis.

Urologic Oncology

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, a urologic oncologist–a urologist who specializes in cancer, and in particular, one that specialist in prostate cancer—will be one of the experts primarily responsible for your care. There are many treatment options, and your urologists in Miami will help you decide which option is best for you, based on your age, lifestyle, and the stage of your cancer. High intensity focus ultrasound (hifu), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery are some of the most common options for treating prostate cancer. However, each patient should evaluated individually to define the optimal treatment for him.

HIFU, is the newest FDA approved treatment. Is an a non-invasive outpatient procedure, that is pain free with same day recovery. It also offers less risk of impotence and urinary incontinence.

During your treatment, your urologist will stay in close contact with other members of your treatment team, all of whom have their own areas of expertise. You may work with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, and other health care providers over the course of your treatment.

Follow-Up Care

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s especially important to get regular examinations, even if the treatment seems successful. The best urologist in Miami will schedule regular checkups with you to make sure your cancer has not come back and help you deal with any follow-up questions or concerns you may have.