Comprehensive Approach: From Diagnosis to Treatment
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Nearly 1 in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. But it can often be treated successfully if caught early.
Catholic Health Services offers the latest technology for the early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, including prostate cancer screenings.
Call (844) 86-CANCER (844-862-2623) for more information.
What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
Signs and symptoms include:
- Not being able to urinate
- Having a hard time starting or stopping the urine flow
- Needing to urinate often, especially at night
- Weak flow of urine
- Urine flow that starts and stops
- Pain or burning during urination
Why Choose CHS?
We offer a full spectrum of prostate cancer care from early detection screenings to the latest technological advances for treatment and surgery. Our team of prostate cancer experts put patients first and tailor treatment to individual needs.
CHS Cancer Institutes throughout Long Island provide the comfort of care close to home. All are accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Advanced Technologies for Prostate Cancer Treatment
Varian TrueBeam®, offered at St. Francis Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, is the latest advance in stereotactic radiation therapy with pinpoint accuracy and a focus on patient comfort.
TrueBeam® provides significant advantages over Cyberknife®:
- High resolution real-time imaging for precise targeting.
- Treatment can be performed in as few as five sessions and each session takes 15 minutes. Cyberknife® takes 45 minutes.
- Cyberknife® cannot “see” the prostate. To compensate for this shortcoming, metallic markers must be implanted into the prostate transrectally prior to the procedure. This procedure isn’t necessary with TrueBeam®.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center offers Varian Edge®, a radiosurgery system that enhances patient comfort by reducing the overall time and resources required for surgery when compared to traditional methods.
- Extensive, real-time tracking capabilities improve the efficiency and precision of radiation treatments.
- Oncologists can pinpoint the target and deliver highly focused treatments, in fewer sessions, at a noticeably fast rate, while minimizing the dose received by surrounding healthy tissue.
Prostate Cancer Surgery
Surgery for prostate cancer is known as radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) and bilateral pelvic lymph node dissection (removal of the lymph nodes near the prostate).
Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer
Robotic radical prostatectomy has significant advantages over traditional open surgery:
- Performed through five tiny incisions in the abdomen.
- Significantly less blood loss, post operative pain and length of stay in the hospital with most patients going home in 1-2 days.
- Patients able to recover and return to normal activity much sooner.
The extreme precision of robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform nerve sparing, which results in greater potency after surgery. This precision is also translated to the anastomosis (attaching the bladder to the urethra) – resulting in reduced time with a foley catheter (seven days total) and quicker time to total continence.