Prostate Cancer

What is prostate cancer? It is cancer that develops in the prostate, a small gland in men that produces seminal fluid for sperm. The prostate gland is located underneath the bladder and wraps around the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.

How often does it occur? Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, other than skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 240,000 diagnoses of prostate cancer occur in the United States annually.

Typically, prostate cancer grows slowly. Most men with prostate cancer do not die of the disease, but of some other unrelated health problem. However, prostate cancer is becoming more common in younger men. Early prostate cancer is localized, or confined to the prostate gland. When it is in this localized state, it is highly treatable.

What does University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care offer? Our specialists provide a broad array of expertise and treatment options for prostate cancer. This includes:

We play an important role in prostate cancer care. University of Minnesota Physicians first validated the prostate-specific antigen test as a marker for prostate cancer. We are among the centers with the most experience using vaccine therapy to treat patients for prostate cancer. 

Special educational event - October 15, 2013

Bladder Control and Sexual Function After Prostate Cancer Treatment: Surgical Solutions

Side effects after prostate cancer treatment can have a profound impact on your day-to-day life. Some prostate cancer survivors experience side effects after cancer treatment, such as loss of bladder control and sexual dysfunction. The good news is you have options to manage these side effects.

Prostate cancer survivors are invited to attend a FREE seminar to learn about managing these side effects featuring Sean Elliott, MD, MS, a University of Minnesota Physicians urologist, along with several of his patients whose lives have improved after treatment. Dr. Elliott will discuss surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for incontinence and erectile dysfunction.


Tuesday, Oct. 15
6 - 7 p.m.
Phillips-Wangensteen Building, Room 11-157
University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview
516 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis

Limited space is available for this FREE event, registration is requested. Call 612-672-7272 or register online.

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