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Prostate Cancer

Choose Adventist HealthCare for superior, comprehensive treatment of all stages and forms of prostate cancer.

Advanced, Coordinated Cancer Care

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. At Adventist HealthCare, you have access to the most sophisticated treatments in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.

Your expert care is coordinated by a multidisciplinary cancer care team focused on your personalized treatment plan. This includes your own cancer care navigator, who ensures the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones by guiding you through every step of your experience—from diagnosis to support services to recovery.

You may also have access to clinical trials, which test emerging treatments targeted to your condition.

Risk Factors of Prostate Cancer

There is no single cause of prostate cancer. But you may have a greater chance of developing the disease if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • Are over the age of 65
  • Have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Are of African-American descent
  • Are obese

If you have any of these indicators, see your doctor for a regular prostate screening beginning at age 40. If you do not have these indicators, you should begin regular screening at age 50.

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

You may not see any signs of prostate cancer in the disease’s early stages. In more advanced stages, signs of cancer can include:

  • Difficulty urinating or inability to urinate
  • Weak or slow urine stream
  • Blood in your urine
  • Difficulty getting an erection
  • Blood in your semen
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Pelvic discomfort
  • Bone pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Unexplained weight loss

Talk to your primary care doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.

Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer

You and your doctor may decide you need a prostate exam. Two screenings can help your doctor detect the early stages of prostate cancer, when it’s more easily treated:

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test

Your prostate’s cells produce a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The PSA test measures the PSA in your blood. Higher levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. However, some factors may raise your PSA level even if you don’t have cancer. Those factors include:

  • Urinary infection
  • Inflamed prostate
  • Benign prostate enlargement
  • Recent sexual activity
  • Lab error

It’s important to talk to your doctor after you get your results about whether you need further screening.

Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)

During a digital rectal exam, your doctor inserts a gloved finger into your rectum to check for bumps or abnormal areas on your prostate through the rectal wall.

If this test and the PSA screening indicate the presence of prostate cancer, your doctor may recommend a biopsy or additional tests to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment for Prostate Cancer at Adventist HealthCare

The treatment you and your doctor select for your prostate cancer may depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Your age
  • Other health conditions you may have
  • Your PSA level
  • The type of cancer cells present
  • The stage of your cancer
  • Side effects
  • Your wishes and concerns

When you do select a course of action, choose Adventist HealthCare to benefit from the most advanced treatments available.

Radiation Therapy

You and your doctor may choose to use radiation therapy to stop or slow cancer growth. You benefit from innovative radiation therapies at Adventist HealthCare, including:

  • Prostate seed implantation – Uses tiny radioactive seeds implanted in your prostate gland to deliver doses of radiation directly to the tumor site
  • External beam radiation therapy – Delivers high-powered beams of energy to destroy cancer cells and protect healthy tissue
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy – Uses precise radiation doses to focused areas of a tumor to slow growth and protect healthy tissue


Your doctor may need to remove part or all of your prostate gland as part of your treatment (prostatectomy). You have access to the latest surgical procedures at Adventist HealthCare to improve your health outcomes. Surgery options include:

  • Traditional open surgery
  • da Vinci robotic surgery – A minimally invasive procedure that offers you reduced blood loss, scarring and risk of infection, as well as fewer complications and a quicker recovery
  • Laparoscopic surgery – A minimally invasive procedure done through several small incisions that can result in fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery

Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy decreases your supply of testosterone, which prostate cancer cells need to grow. This decrease causes the cancer cells to die or slow in growth.

Tips to Prevent Prostate Cancer

You may reduce your risk of prostate cancer if you maintain a healthy weight and stay physically active. Another preventive measure is to eat more low-fat, high-fiber foods and foods with omega-3 fatty acids. Those foods include:

  • Soy products, such as tofu and soybeans
  • Tomatoes and foods that contain tomato sauce
  • Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage
  • Fish, such as salmon, albacore tuna and sardines
  • Walnuts and flaxseed, including their oils

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