Prostate Cancer Specialist

Cancer and Blood Care Specialists

Hematologists & Oncologists located in Santa Ana, CA

Approximately one in nine men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. At Cancer and Blood Care Specialists in Santa Ana, California, the team offers their community personalized and attentive treatment for cancer and blood conditions. To receive prostate treatment in a comfortable environment you can trust, call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

What is prostate cancer?

The prostate is above your pelvic floor muscles, situated below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It makes the seminal fluid that makes up semen.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, occurring when cells in the prostate grow abnormally. Most prostate cancers grow and spread slowly, but some can be more aggressive and spread quickly.

When detected early, prostate cancer responds very well to treatment.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

The earliest stages of prostate cancer often have no symptoms. As it progresses, you may experience:

  • Bone pain
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in your semen
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • A weakened urine stream

Prostate cancer has “metastasized” if it spreads to other parts of your body.

What causes prostate cancer?

The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, but some factors can increase your risks, including:

  • Being African-American
  • Being overweight or obese
  • A family history of prostate or breast cancer
  • Inherited breast cancer gene mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2)

Your prostate gland begins changing after age 40, and your risks of developing cancer increase significantly after 50 — 97% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed in men 50 and older.

Regular screenings for prostate cancer — including digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen blood tests — can help your doctor at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists detect issues at an early stage and improve your chances for successful treatment.

How is prostate cancer treated?

Prostate cancer treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists, depending on the type of cancer, its current stage, and other personal factors.

In some cases, your doctor might suggest actively monitoring your condition with recurring checkups, because prostate cancer can progress slowly and may not require immediate treatment.

Other prostate cancer treatments include targeted tumor treatments like surgery, cryotherapy, or radiation therapy. These therapies are designed to treat your prostate cancer without affecting the rest of your body.

Additional prostate cancer treatments use medications to address cells throughout your body, such as:

  • Hormone therapy: reduces levels of male hormones to reduce cancer cell growth
  • Chemotherapy: uses anti-cancer drugs introduced to the body through the bloodstream
  • Vaccine treatment: a vaccine that boosts your immune system to fight cancer cells

Based on your prostate cancer diagnosis, the doctors at Cancer and Blood Care Specialists work closely with you to design a treatment strategy personalized to your unique needs. They offer the latest therapies in the convenience of a comfortable and attentive setting.

Call Cancer and Blood Care Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.