After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. The prostate gland is found only in men and is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Cancer of the prostate begins when cells in this gland begin to grow uncontrollably. With proper care, it’s possible to treat this condition successfully.
Types of prostate cancer
The vast majority of these cancers are adenocarcinomas, which means they develop from gland cells.
Other types are rare. These include:
- Neuroendocrine tumors
- Small cell carcinomas
- Transitional cell carcinomas
Prostate cancer screenings
Early detection could save your life. St. Joseph Health seeks to find prostate cancers early when they are most treatable.
In addition to traditional methods for identifying abnormalities in the prostate, the St. Joseph Health urology team now also uses the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System, an MR/ultrasound-guided biopsy that’s considered the new standard in prostate care.
Patients who may benefit from MR/ultrasound-guided biopsy include:
- Patients receiving their first prostate screening
- Patients who had a previous negative biopsy
- Patients needing additional screening or ongoing monitoring
Fusing the benefits of pre-biopsy MRI images with ultrasound-guided biopsy to create a real-time visualization for our urologists, this method supports the early diagnosis of prostate cancer and helps identify sections in the gland that may need closer evaluation. Additionally, it can reach areas that a standard biopsy may miss, and it has the potential to reduce the need for additional biopsies.
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