Prostate Cancer Urologist - Dr. Angelo Gousse, MD
Gousse Urology is one of the leading providers of prostate cancer treatment in South Florida. We operate high-end facilities with advanced technology and surgical techniques to ensure prostate cancer patients get the best treatment possible.
When you come to Gousse Urology for treatment, we can offer you several treatment options for your prostate problem and other related symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. Your urologist will examine your physical symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to minimize them.
An Overview of Prostate Cancer
All men have a prostate gland within their reproductive system. It is located between the urethra and bladder within the pelvis region. The urethra is a tube that delivers semen and urine from the body through the penis. The prostate gland produces fluid for the sperm to swim and travel through the tube to its destination. This fluid is known as seminal fluid, or semen for short.
Prostate cancer is a more common condition than people may realize. About a quarter-million men in the United States will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis each year. In addition, the odds of a man catching prostate cancer is 1-in-8. So it is a condition to take seriously, whether you experience symptoms or not. Regular check-ups with your urologist are the best ways to discover the early signs of prostate cancer.
When someone gets prostate cancer, the prostate gland cells start to mutate drastically. Then cancer cells grow at an accelerated rate without ever dying. The worst part is that the cancer cells destroy other normal cells, leading to all kinds of health complications. If the health complications are not addressed or treated, the person could die.
However, not all prostate cancer diagnoses mean you will die. Certain prostate cancers are more severe than others. If you’re fortunate to have a mild form of prostate cancer, the cancer cells won’t spread as quickly. Then you’ll have a much better chance of surviving with a minimal amount of treatment necessary.
You’ll also be happy to know the yearly death rate amongst prostate cancer patients has gone down drastically. The reason is that more people are getting screened for cancer by qualified urologists like Dr. Gousse of Gousse Urology. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the more likely treatment can send it into remission. But again, that can only happen if you visit a urologist and receive regular examinations.
Types of Screenings
Urologists recommend that men receive yearly cancer screenings starting at age 40. However, if you experience any unusual urologic symptoms, then you should make an appointment to see a urologist immediately. Regular screenings may involve either a digital rectal examination or a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. Your urologist will determine whether you need one or both of these examinations.
If the cancer cells have not spread too much yet, you won’t experience symptoms right away. But eventually, the cancer cells will spread and cause the urinary tract to become inflamed and compressed. That is when you will start to experience urinary symptoms for the first time, such as urination difficulties. If the prostate cancer spreads and continues to get left untreated, you will develop much worse symptoms like bone fractures, pelvic pain, and bone pain.
Please note that urination difficulties are not always associated with prostate cancer. Several other urinary conditions can cause these symptoms too. Either way, you should still see a qualified urologist whenever you have urination difficulties because it could otherwise lead to extreme pain and discomfort.
Urologists use several factors to determine which treatments to administer to patients with prostate cancer, such as their age, health status, and cancer severity.
Unfortunately, there is no quick and straightforward treatment for prostate cancer. The treatments available can interfere with the patient’s normal daily activities and overall quality of life. Common symptoms of prostate cancer treatments include incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Your urologist will discuss these symptoms with you and the other risks associated with the treatments.
Constant surveillance is the primary treatment for prostate cancer because it allows the urologist to monitor the progression or degression of the cancer cells. Meanwhile, the treatment therapy plan prescribed might involve one or more of the following treatments:
- Hormone therapy
- Cryogenic surgery
- Radiation therapy
- Prostate removal
Only severe cases of prostate cancer would require more than one of these treatments. If your urologist determines you need to have your prostate surgically removed, the procedure will get performed by some of the most sophisticated robotic surgical technology available at Gousse Urology.
If you’re a man worried about getting prostate cancer, you can make simple changes to your lifestyle habits to reduce your chances of getting cancer. For example, the simple act of eating healthy and exercising each day can boost your immune strength to prevent cancer from forming. Aside from that, please see a urologist regularly to screen for prostate cancer.
Make an appointment today at Gousse Urology by calling (954) 362-2720.