Wellspring Oncology

Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and it’s estimated that 17% or one in six men will get this disease. Always start with the NCCN guidelines for patients or for physicians.

For a basic understanding of the disease go here and for pictures of anatomy here and for imaging (e.g. CT, MRI or ultrasound) go here.

The treatment options have gotten quite complicated and include more sophisticated radiation including seed implants and IMRT but now also Tomotherapy and Cyberknife.

Prostate cancer treatmentFor a discussion of the treatment options go here.

It’s important to understand the type and frequency of side effects in order to make decisions about treatment, particularly if there a several effective treatment options to chose with similar cure rates.

For more detailed information and links about prostate cancer go here.

 

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Florida Prostate Cancer Treatment Facility

WellSpring is a Complete Cancer Care facility that's easily accessible from St Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo or anywhere in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. Contact the cancer experts at WellSpring if you have questions about cancer risk, cancer prevention or cancer screening.

 

Prostate Cancer SeedProstate Seeds

 

For men with a small prostate gland (less than 55cc) and an early stage cancer (i.e. low Gleason score of 6 or less and a PSA less than 10) then a seed implant alone may be quite effective.

For patients with more advanced cancer (higher Gleason score or PSA over 10) then a combination of external beam irradiation plus seeds may be a good approach

For patients with low risk cancer but a big gland, shrinking the gland down first with hormone therapy (e.g. Lupron or Zoladex) may be an option and then once the gland is less than 55cc proceeding with a seed implantProstate Cancer Treatment

 

 

Other Sources for Prostate Cancer Information:
American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) guidelines, EORTC guidelines, basic seed info and American College of Surgeons Trial.

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