About one out of every nine men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. Board-certified urologist Jaspreet Singh, DO, at Premier Medical Group, pursued fellowship training in urologic oncology and specializes in prostate cancer surgery utilizing advanced robotic technology. To schedule an evaluation with the experienced surgeon and men’s health expert, call the office in Kingston or Newburgh, New York, or request an appointment online today.
Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the prostate. Though researchers are still investigating what causes men to develop prostate cancer, you may be at risk if you smoke cigarettes, have a family history of prostate cancer, or eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates and animal fat. Your risk of developing prostate cancer also increases as you get older.
In its early stages, prostate cancer may not cause any symptoms. However, as the tumor grows you may begin to experience:
Your symptoms may also be caused by benign prostate enlargement, which is common in men but not cancerous.
With advancements in medicine and cancer screening, the rate of death from prostate cancer is declining. All men between the ages of 55 and 69 should be screened for prostate cancer. You may benefit from earlier screening if you have a family history of prostate cancer or you’re of African-American descent.
Common prostate cancer screenings include:
If your prostate cancer screening tests are positive, then you may undergo a prostate biopsy to look for cancer cells. Your biopsy also determines your prostate cancer grade, which assesses how quickly your cancer cells are likely to grow and spread. The information from the biopsy, along with results from your DRE, are used to determine cancer staging.
Prostate cancer treatment may depend on the grade and stage of your cancer. If your prostate cancer is slow-growing, you may only require active surveillance.
If your prostate cancer is growing quickly or life-threatening, treatment is necessary and may include:
Dr. Singh pursued a urologic oncology fellowship after completing his residency and received surgical training with the da Vinci® surgical system, the most advanced minimally invasive robotic surgical system. He believes that robotic technology is the gold standard for treating prostate cancer.
Dr. Singh takes a multidisciplinary approach to prostate cancer, collaborating with radiation and medical oncologists to help you understand the disease so you can make the best decisions about your treatment. He also believes that quality of life is as important as longevity and helps you manage the side effects that may develop from the cancer or treatment, including erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
To discuss your surgical options for prostate cancer, contact Premier Medical Group by phone or online today.