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Prostate Cancer

Found only in men, the prostate is a gland located beneath the bladder and in front of the rectum. Although it is normal for the prostate to grow larger with age, an enlarged prostate can be a warning sign of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men here in the U.S. Approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer but since it is typically a slow-growing form of cancer, the vast majority of prostate cancer patients will not die of the disease.

The Torrance Memorial Physician Network - Cancer Care physicians have extensive experience treating prostate cancer. Our patients benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, in which our experienced team meets regularly to discuss treatment and progress with your primary care physician, urologist, pathologist and other specialists involved in your care.

Watchful Waiting (or Expectant Management) of Prostate Cancer

Because it grows so slowly, one approach to the treatment of prostate cancer (in appropriate patients) is "watchful waiting." Since prostate cancer usually grows very slowly, this approach may be most appropriate in older patients. This treatment approach involves close monitoring of men with prostate cancer—with regular PSA testing (a blood test measuring levels of prostate-specific antigen), physical examination and ultrasound to monitor the size of the prostate.

Other Treatments for Prostate Cancer

Patients who are younger and/or have faster-growing types of prostate cancer are usually advised to more aggressively treat the disease. Treatment options for prostate cancer include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy (androgen deprivation)
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery
  • Vaccine treatment, to encourage the body's immune system to attack the cancer cells