About Prostate Cancer: A Shareable Guide for Patients, Family and Friends

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About Prostate Cancer: A Shareable Guide for Patients, Family and Friends


The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. This gland makes most of the semen that carries spermProstate cancer (the development of abnormal cells within the prostate gland) is a major health concern for American men; it is a relatively common disease with more than 220,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015.

  • The disease is rarely seen before age 50. Experts believe that most elderly men have early stage prostate cancer, but it does not affect their life or longevity. 
  • Prostate cancer is slow growing, and treatment approaches range from active surveillance, to surgery, to radiation, to treatment with hormones, chemotherapy and new targeted therapies. 
  • The disease is often treated by urologists and radiation oncologists, but uro-oncologists are often involved in more advanced cases. 
  • It is important to have an accurate diagnosis and to carefully consider the multiple options for treatment as well as their potential side effects. Fortunately, treatment options continue to grow, and there is now a clearer understanding of when aggressive treatment is beneficial.


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A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be overwhelming for the entire family. Open discussion between family members, health professionals and patients can help ensure the best care. There are many different places to find a wide range of information on prostate cancer. We encourage you to join our community and to check out our brief videos to find the most up-to-date information from leading experts about support, new treatments, clinical trials, communication, financial issues and much more.

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Prostate Cancer Videos and Transcripts

ASCO 2015 Prostate Cancer Updates From a Roundtable of Experts

From the 2015 ASCO meeting, prostate cancer experts Tom Kirk from Us TOO, Dr. Bruce Montgomery, Dr. Emmanuel Antonarakis and Dr. Tomasz Beer discuss the latest prostate cancer news.


Advice for Moving Beyond the Shock of an Advanced Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at age 53, Joe prepared for the worst. Joe and his wife, Yolanda, share their story.


The Promise of Immunotherapy in Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer

Dr. Sumit Subudhi explains how immunotherapy works and what it could mean for men with advanced prostate cancer.


Prostate Cancer Glossary: PSA Velocity

Dr. Leonard Gomella explains PSA Velocity, a term to describe the way physicians track a man's PSA levels over time.


Understanding and Managing the Symptoms of Advanced Prostate Cancer

What are the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer? An expert panel reviews symptoms and explores strategies for management.


What Is Advanced Prostate Cancer and How Does It Progress?

What is advanced prostate cancer? Prostate cancer experts Drs. Jeri Kim and Sumit K. Subudhi explain.


Chemotherapy Options for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer expert Dr. Sumit Subudhi, from MD Anderson Cancer Center, reviews the currently approved chemotherapy treatment options for men with advanced prostate cancer.


Hormonal Therapy Treatment Options for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Hormonal therapy—also known as androgen deprivation therapy—has long been used to treat prostate cancer. But how does it work? And what are the potential side effects?


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