Protect Yourself from Prostate Cancer
There is no sure way to prevent prostate cancer. Some risk factors for the disease you can’t control, such as your age and family history. But you can help lower your risk of getting prostate cancer with a healthy lifestyle. This includes:
· Eating fruits and vegetables every day. Make sure to include tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, peas and lentils.
· Not eating high-fat meats or high-fat dairy foods. These include hamburgers, sausage, cheese and ice cream. Instead eat lean meats, fish, and low-fat or nonfat dairy foods.
· Not getting too much calcium in your diet. Too much calcium may raise your risk for prostate cancer. Normal amounts of calcium in dairy foods and drinks are fine. But talk with your health care provider before you take calcium supplements.
· Staying at a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to a higher risk for a more deadly type of prostate cancer.
· Getting physical activity. Be active for at least 30 minutes on most days.
What about screening?
The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test checks for levels of this protein in the blood. An elevated PSA level can be a sign of prostate cancer.
PSA screening can decrease the chance for death from prostate cancer for just a small number of men. In addition, screening can have false-positive results that require more testing. It can also result in overdiagnosis – when you’re diagnosed and treated, but the cancer wouldn’t have caused any problems had it gone undiagnosed.
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If you have prostate cancer, you want the best chance for recovery. But at the same time, you’re very worried about possible serious side effects like impotence and incontinence.
The urologic surgeon, radiation oncologist and nurse navigator who work together on a multidisciplinary consultation team explain what to expect when you receive care for prostate cancer at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
If you have prostate cancer, you want the best chance for recovery. But at the same time, you’re very worried about possible serious side effects like impotence and incontinence. You can find experienced doctors – including a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist – who share your concerns right here in the Lehigh Valley. You will meet with our Prostate Cancer Multidisciplinary Consultation Program (Prostate MDC) team. The Prostate MDC provides in one visit access to your treatment specialists in urologic surgery, radiation oncology and medical oncology. They will listen to your concerns and explain the pros and cons of all your treatment options. The doctors will make sure you have enough information to make the decision that’s best for you.
According to American Cancer Society statistics, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Almost 30,000 men are expected to die from prostate cancer in 2013.
At the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, our doctors are experienced at minimizing unwanted side effects. We offer all forms of treatment. Thanks to tremendous medical advances, you now have more options and a greater chance for a cure. Our team of experienced doctors will listen to your concerns and explain the pros and cons of all your treatment options. The doctors will make sure you have enough information to make the decision that’s best for you.
The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, which gives you access to groundbreaking, lifesaving cancer care and breakthrough clinical research right here in the Lehigh Valley. LVHN patients have access to MSK clinical trials. This accelerates the data-collection process so investigational treatments can be approved faster and become available to more patients. See the clinical trials currently being conducted at the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute.
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Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute has one of the few programs in the region offering the complete range of cancer genetics services, including cancer risk and genetic assessments. Our genetic counselors provide personalized recommendations to help you know your risk for cancer. For those already diagnosed with cancer, we partner with you and your physician regarding treatment decisions.
We perform cancer risk assessments to determine whether you have risk factors for hereditary cancer. These assessments are part of our complete approach to care, which includes services and support from genetic counselors to lower your risk for developing cancer.
If you need cancer surgery, you are in the region’s most capable hands. Surgical oncologists at Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute are leaders in the field. Our experience performing a high volume of surgeries, including robotic surgery, helps us maintain a track record of successful cancer treatment.
Genetic testing for cancer uncovers your risk for developing hereditary cancer. Our cancer genetics experts explain what the results mean for your health. For people who have a cancer diagnosis, genetic testing allows us to tailor care in ways that have not previously been possible.
At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), our urology surgeons offer unmatched expertise in the latest prostatectomy techniques. We effectively treat prostate cancer and enlarged prostate, with a focus on your unique needs. We can often preserve key sexual and urinary functions after surgery.
Welcome to the largest, most advanced robotic surgery program in the region. We’ve completed over 14,000 surgeries in the past decade, using ten robotic surgery systems across all Lehigh Valley Heath Network campuses. Our 30+ highly skilled surgeons use this technology to treat cancer and other conditions with precision.
SpaceOAR®, the Spacing Organs at Risk system, is a recent advance in the treatment of prostate cancer that involves shorter courses of treatment using higher daily doses of radiation while minimizing the risk of rectal injury.
Our urologic specialists offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for men and women experiencing common and complex urologic problems. We offer advanced urology care for incontinence, kidney stones and other concerns, using the latest therapies and surgery techniques.
Varian Edge® with Calypso® tracking is a radiosurgery system that delivers a high dose of precisely targeted radiation, allowing you to complete treatment in fewer, shorter visits.