Dedicated specialists for prevention, detection and treatment.
While prostate cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses for men, your condition is unique to you. Your treatment plan will be too. The prostate cancer specialists at Novant Health Cancer Institute will help you understand evidence-based approaches to prostate cancer detection, staging and treatment and work with you to create an individualized plan.
Fight back with advanced procedures.
When it comes to fighting prostate cancer, Novant Health Cancer Institute stays on the leading edge with clinical trials, new treatments and advanced equipment.
Monitoring cancer progression can be lifesaving. That’s why we use the most advanced technology available to detect and monitor your prostate cancer. Advanced imaging tools, like CT/PET scans using the Pylarify injection agent, can provide more precise data. This enables your team to better diagnose and stage your cancer to develop the best plan of attack.
Our prostate cancer treatments include Image Guided Intensity Modulated Radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) to precisely target your prostate. A recently FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical therapy (Pluvicto) might be prescribed for you if your tumors are resistant to hormonal therapy or your cancer continues to progress with chemotherapy.
If surgery is recommended, our urologists have access to the latest robotic platforms to perform minimally invasive surgery, which shortens your hospital stay and recovery time.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is a type of adenocarcinoma, malignant cancer found in glands such as the prostate. The prostate is part of the male reproductive system and produces seminal fluid released during ejaculation.
Prostate cancer risk factors
The risk of developing prostate cancer increases as men get older. Most prostate cancer cases occur at age 65 and up.
Other risk factors for prostate cancer include:
- Family history of prostate cancer (father, brothers or sons)
- Obesity (while it does not appear to affect your overall risk, obese men may be more likely to develop aggressive treatment-resistant cancer)
- Race (Black men have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer; however, the social determinants of health may also play a significant role)
- Smoking or significant exposure to secondhand smoke
- Environmental factors (Agent Orange, agricultural chemicals, contaminated water)
Prostate cancer symptoms
You may not have any noticeable symptoms of early-stage prostate cancer. As the disease progresses, urological issues may include:
- Blood in your urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Frequent nighttime urination (nocturia)
- Pain during urination
- Weak urine flow
You may also experience:
- Blood in your semen
- Erectile dysfunction
- Pain during ejaculation
- Numbness in your extremities, especially the legs and feet
- Pain in your chest, lower back or hips
- Unexplained weight loss
Prostate Cancer Treatment Options
Why Choose Novant Health?
Nationally Recognized Care
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
- Commission on Cancer (CoC)
- Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)
- Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation (ROPA-ACR)
- APEx Accreditation (ASTRO)
- Magnet Recognition-American Nursing Credentialing Center
- American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
- Southeast Clinical Oncology Research Consortium (SCOR)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program
- Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
- National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC)
Your prostate cancer team
Urologists are surgeons that specialize in management of the urinary system and have a vital role in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of localized prostate cancer. They collaborate with other cancer specialists, performing prostate biopsies and helping manage delivery of brachytherapy, external beam radiation therapy and hormonal treatments. Our surgeons perform both open and minimally invasive procedures using the most up-to-date surgical techniques and advanced robotic surgery systems.
Radiation oncologists are physicians that have specialized training in the safe and effective use of ionizing radiation therapy to treat many diverse types of cancers. Your radiation oncologist works closely with you and your urologist to determine the best treatment approach for your unique diagnosis.
Medical oncologists are doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Their role is limited in the early stages of prostate cancer. They play a significant and vital role when prostate cancer is suspected of having spread outside of the prostate or in patients who have high-risk localized prostate cancer.
Radiologists can locate and diagnose your cancer using imaging scans, including CTs, bone scans, MRIs and PSMA PET/CTs. Radiologists may also perform or assist with minimally invasive surgical procedures (interventional radiology) to help biopsy different areas of the body.
At Novant Health Cancer Institute, we take a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to your care and treatment. You may work with a variety of highly trained specialists including geneticists, nutritionists, pathologists, and pain and alternative care experts.
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Experience the Future of Cancer Care, Today.
Together, we can beat cancer. Clinical research studies drive breakthroughs in the prevention, detection and treatment of many cancer conditions.
If eligible to join a clinical trial, you could access new cancer treatments before they’re available to the general public. Explore clinical trials and speak with your cancer team to see if any are right for you.