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Christopher Atalla, DO, Good Samaritan University Hospital Director of Men’s Health, discusses the last advances in prostate cancer treatments.

Nearly one in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. But prostate cancer can be treated successfully if caught early, which makes scheduling an annual prostate screening an important part of your health care plan.


When to Schedule an Appointment

In general, prostate cancer has no symptoms. But you should schedule an appointment with your physician if you are experiencing: 

  • Difficulty starting or stopping your urine flow
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Urine flow that starts and stops
  • Weak urine flow


Diagnosis & Treatment

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, our compassionate team of cancer experts at Catholic Health Cancer Institutes will support you at every step. We work collaboratively to create customized treatment plans for each patient based on diagnosis. This multidisciplinary approach includes board-certified oncologists, urologists and surgeons as well as nurse navigators and infusion/chemotherapy nurses.

With Catholic Health Cancer Institutes across Long Island, you have the comfort of receiving care close to home.


Latest, Most Advanced Nonsurgical and Surgical Technologies

da Vinci robot system for surgical treatment of prostate cancer. Catholic Health offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci robot system. This device provides a high-definition 3D view of the surgical area and the surgeon uses small incisions across the abdomen to remove the prostate. This technique enhances surgical precision and reduces recovery time for the patient usually resulting in a one to two day stay in the hospital. In addition, there is significantly reduced pain compared to traditional open surgery.

Varian Edge for nonsurgical treatment of prostate cancer. Catholic Health offers radiosurgery using Varian Edge. Despite the name, this procedure doesn’t require an incision but rather delivers precise doses of radiation using the Varian Edge technology. This can be done with less treatment time and significantly reduces the risk of damage to nearby healthy tissue.

Call 866-MY-LI-DOC (866-695-4362) to find a Catholic Health physician near you.

View our prostate cancer services.

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