Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the prostate gland. This is a very serious condition that needs serious treatment.
Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men. It surrounds the urethra and makes a fluid that is part of semen. This disease occurs in men.
What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
Early prostate cancer usually causes no symptoms. Advanced prostate cancers can cause some symptoms, such as:
- Problems passing urine, including a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night.
- Blood in the urine
- Trouble getting an erection
- Pain in the hips, back (spine), chest (ribs), or other areas from cancer spread to bones
- Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet, or even loss of bladder or bowel control from cancer pressing on the spinal cord.
Other diseases can also cause many of these same symptoms. For example, trouble passing urine is much more often caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) than cancer. Still, it is important to tell your doctor if you have any of these problems so that the cause can be found and treated, if needed.
Moore Regional Hospital offers chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, surgery, robotic surgery, biologic therapy and support for patients with prostate cancer.