Each year, more than 241,000 American men learn they have prostate cancer. If you or a loved one find yourself with a prostate cancer diagnosis, you should know the various treatment options. Review this section's important information about prostate cancer testing and diagnosis, staging, and treatment options as you prepare for an appointment with your oncologist. After reviewing these sections, ask your cancer specialists any additional questions that you may have about your individual situation.
We understand that a new diagnosis of prostate cancer can be distressing. The New York Oncology Hematology team will be with you every step of the way, from creating a treatment plan, getting a second opinion and what to expect after treatment. We will arrange your consultation quickly so you can get the information you need. Our team of cancer specialists will help you and your family make individualized treatment decisions. You will gain the knowledge and confidence to help manage your prostate cancer and continue with daily life activities.
With regular screening, most prostate cancers are found before they spread to other areas of the body. Many prostate cancers do not go beyond Stage 2; however, it’s important to learn about prostate cancer stages and understand what each stage entails. Knowing where the cancer is located and how much is present is determined in the staging process.
Prostate cancer does not always require an immediate treatment plan. Your prostate cancer specialist at NYOH will review your test results and talk about active surveillance if they feel that it is an appropriate approach for slow-growing forms of the disease. Based on your stage of prostate cancer and your general overall health, we will work together to develop a prostate cancer treatment plan that’s best for you. Your treatment options may include active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy or hormone therapy.
New York Oncology Hematology offers support to prostate cancer patients and their loved ones with support groups, community resources, genetic counseling and many more programs. We encourage you to learn more about and take advantage of our supportive care services.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is a prostate cancer-specific organization that you might find helpful.
Read real stories from cancer survivors, including prostate cancer survivors, right in your community. Learn about their patient experience and why they trust New York Oncology Hematology with their cancer care.
Prostate Cancer Resources
Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Prostate Cancer or ask your cancer care team questions about your individual situation.
Dr. Shaffer, who specializes in genitourinary cancers, which includes prostate, renal and bladder cancers, answered listeners' questions about various topics related to these types of cancers during WAMC's live call-in program.