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:
- Prostate cancer clinical trials
- active surveillance with advanced imaging
- MRI-guided biopsy
- robotic surgery
- newer chemotherapy
- oral medications
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.