Prostate cancer treatment in South Denver
At Sky Ridge Medical Center, our prostate cancer experts, consisting of medical oncologists (cancer doctors), radiation oncologists and urologists, use a team approach to care. They focus on accurately diagnosing, staging (determining extent of spread) and treating prostate cancer with both minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical therapies.
As a patient at our cancer center, we offer you:
- Access to prostate cancer clinical research trials
- Cancer registry for lifetime follow up
- Cancer Resource Center for support and education
- Focus on minimally invasive therapies, including robotic surgery
- Infusion services for chemotherapy treatment
- Multidisciplinary, team approach to care
- On-site radiation oncology services
- Weekly cancer case conference for medical teams
Prostate cancer risk factors
The cause of prostate cancer is unknown. However, research shows that certain risk factors are linked to the disease:
- Age—55 or older
- Family history of prostate cancer, especially father or brother
- Family history of prostate cancer diagnosed at a young age
- A high-fat diet
Prostate cancer treatment
Fortunately, there are many treatment options for prostate cancer. At Sky Ridge, our team uses the most advanced and least-invasive therapies. Depending on your medical history, your treatment plan may include one or more of the following therapies:
- Hormone therapy
- Minimally invasive robot-assisted prostatectomy (removal of the prostate)
- Radiation therapy
- Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP)
Robotic surgery for prostate cancer
At the Center for Robotic Surgery at Sky Ridge, we are proud to perform more robotic prostatectomies than any other hospital in the Denver metro area. Our expertise, skilled surgeons and multidisciplinary care team can provide you and your loved ones with the peace of mind you need before, during and after surgery.
Most commonly used for prostate cancer, this involves removing the prostate and the seminal vesicles, and then reattaching the urethra to the bladder.
Traditionally, a prostatectomy requires a large scar and highly precise work done in a deep cavity. With robotic-assisted surgery, a 3D vision and 10-fold magnification, surgeons have dramatic visual improvement. Combined with the high precision and maneuverability of the robotic system, surgeons can perform the minute, sensitive cutting and suturing through tiny incisions with greater ease, avoiding nerve damage that can lead to life-altering incontinence or erectile dysfunction. Average hospital stay is reduced from three nights to one.
The urologic surgeons who lead our team are experts in their field and will provide you with options to make the most effective decision for you and your family.
Prostate cancer screening
Our team of urologists, radiation oncologists and prostate cancer specialists believe in the utility of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. This belief is founded in our review of the literature and supported by our clinical experience. The American Urologic Association also provides strong support for PSA screening.
PSA, a type of protein, is made in the prostate gland and is released into the bloodstream. A PSA test measures the levels of PSA in the blood and produces the following test results:
- False positive—Patient has raised levels but is still healthy. More testing is required to diagnose cancer.
- False negative—PSA is normal, but there is cancer. This can gives patients a false sense of security and prevent them from getting the cancer treated.
Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly so a PSA test may only show a small unproblematic tumor. Tumors in this state do not affect patients’ health before the natural end of life. Even is the cancer is detected on a positive PSA test, the patient can be asked to receive many unnecessary tests and procedures for a cancer that may not need to be treated. It’s very important to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of PSA screening to make the decision for your prostate health.
Urologist Dr. Ted Eigner provides details in the video below on a breakthrough study from Northwestern University on the merits of PSA screenings.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As a member of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network of Excellence, our family of hospitals features leading-edge cancer treatment and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon offers modern therapies for people facing cancer across the U.S., and our partnership provides patients with personal, individualized care while benefiting from the network of resources Sarah Cannon has to offer.
Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Sky Ridge Medical Center is pleased to offer access to askSARAH, a dedicated helpline designed to help answer your cancer-related questions. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with cancer or have questions about screenings, signs or symptoms, a registered askSARAH nurse can help. Committed to ensuring you have the right resources close to home, our nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (303) 253-3225 to connect directly to a nurse who can help you today.