About one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
You can gain crucial – possibly lifesaving – insight into this all- too-common cancer during a panel presentation led by leading regional physicians on September 25 at Marquette General Hospital. The free-to-the-public event will take place at the MGH West Lobby and begin at 6 p.m. The West Lobby is adjacent to Marquette General’s Emergency Department.
The physician panel offers the public a rare opportunity to hear from a combined array of prostate cancer experts who will address risk factors, prevention, diagnostic options and breakthrough treatment.
The panel discussion will be led by Marquette General experts Dr. Ross Siemers, medical oncologist, Dr. Paul Thieme, radiation oncologist and Dr. Jay Lonsway, urologist.
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. A man’s chances of being diagnosed with the disease increases with age with about six cases in every 10 diagnosed in men age 65 and older.
Although well-established risk factors for prostate cancer include increasing age, African ancestry and a family history, prostate cancer often doesn’t produce any symptoms in early stages and those with any of the below symptoms should see their doctor:
- Frequent urination, especially at night
- Urgency in urinating
- Trouble starting urine stream
- A weak or interrupted urine stream
- Pain or burning during urination
- A feeling that your bladder doesn’t empty completely
- Blood in urine
- A nagging pain in the back, hips or pelvis
Although these symptoms can be caused by prostate cancer, they also can be caused by other conditions that are not cancer, so it’s important to see your doctor to pinpoint the cause of symptoms.
If you doctor determines that a screening should be done, the two most commonly used methods for detecting prostate cancer are: the digital rectal examination (DRE) and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
If prostate cancer is detected, your doctors will help you decide which prostate cancer treatment is the best, most effective option for you. The Marquette General panel will discuss treatment options along with the benefits, risks and impact on quality of life of each. Treatment options may include: watchful waiting/active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy, cryosurgery (cryotherapy), hormone therapy, chemotherapy, vaccine treatment or bone-directed treatment.
“Treatment options for prostate cancer are continually evolving and improving,” said Dr. Siemers. “It’s important that men are educated about the options and work with their doctor to decide the best possible treatment for them.”
Several treatments are very successful in providing a cure or keeping the cancer under control for many years. Most men with prostate cancer are a living testimony to this. Some prostate cancers grow quickly and spread – or metastasize – to other parts of the body. If unchecked, these cancers can be fatal. Most prostate cancers, however, are slow growing and in many cases, immediate treatment isn’t necessary. Many men take several months to decide what to do.
Be sure to attend Prostate Cancer Panel Discussion at Marquette General Thursday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. in the West Lobby. The discussion is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 906-225-3500.