As your Bellingham Urologists, we specialize in prostate cancer treatment. Learn more by starting the conversation with our expert staff or by requesting an appointment.
The prostate gland makes fluid that forms part of semen. The prostate lies just below the bladder in front of the rectum. It surrounds the urethra (the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis and out of the body).
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States, after skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men than in white men. African-American men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white men with prostate cancer.
Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas (cancers that begin in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids). Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. Advanced prostate cancer can cause men to urinate more often or have a weaker flow of urine, but these symptoms can also be caused by benign prostate conditions.
Prostate cancer usually grows very slowly. Most men with prostate cancer are older than 65 years and do not die from the disease. Finding and treating prostate cancer before symptoms occur may not improve health or help you live longer. Talk to your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer and whether you need screening tests.
Bellingham Urology Group believes early screening is critical to identifying and monitoring prostate cancers. We encourage all men over the age of 45, men with a family history of prostate cancer, and anyone with urinary symptoms to have the PSA test.
Prostate cancers are often very slow growing, so the type of cancer and age of the patient may mean that active surveillance is most appropriate for an extended period before or even instead of surgery.
A variety of treatment options mean that Bellingham Urology Group will ensure you get the proper treatment for your particular type of cancer. Many procedures can take place in the outpatient setting in our Ambulatory Surgery Center.
Should more extensive surgical intervention become necessary, Dr. Orton’s nine years’ experience with robotic surgical technique offers you the same oncological surgery, but minimizes pain, bleeding and time away from your normal activities.