Comprehensive prostate cancer care in Brandon, Florida

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the fifth most common cause of cancer death among men worldwide. according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information. Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to reducing this statistic by educating patients on symptoms and risk factors and providing comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options.

To learn more about our prostate cancer treatment services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

What is prostate cancer?

The prostate is a male sex gland and is about the size of a large walnut. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer occurs when a malignant (cancerous) tumor forms in the tissue of the prostate.

Prostate cancer symptoms

Recognizing common prostate cancer symptoms is essential for early detection and effective treatment of the disease. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Bone pain or tenderness, most often in the lower back and pelvic bones (usually when the cancer has spread)
  • Delayed or slowed start of urinary stream
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Leakage of urine
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Painful or burning urination

Prostate cancer diagnosis

The initial screening for prostate cancer is through a blood test that looks for the prostate specific antigen (PSA). If PSA is detected, a biopsy is conducted to confirm the diagnosis.

Biopsy results are reported using the Gleason grade and the Gleason score.

Gleason score

Gleason grade

2-4

Low-grade cancer

5-7

Intermediate-grade cancer. Most prostate cancers fall into this category.

8-10

High-grade cancer (poorly-differentiated cells)

Prostate cancer treatment

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be a challenging time. We are here to support you and guide you throughout treatment and into recovery.

Depending on the stage of prostate cancer, our doctors may recommend one or more treatments as part of your care plan.

Prostate cancer surgery (prostatectomy)

Surger, performed at our Brandon, FL hospital, to remove the prostate and tissue around it is an option if the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland. This surgery is called a prostatectomy and may be performed using one of the following techniques:

Traditional open surgery: Uses standard surgery incisions to access the prostate.

Conventional laparoscopy: Uses a specialized surgical camera and instruments to access and remove the prostate using a series of small incisions.

Robotic-assisted surgery: Minimally invasive approach to remove the prostate, allowing the surgeon to have enhanced vision and control (also called a robotic prostatectomy)

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is used to control or kill cancer cells. With prostate cancer, it is often used:

  • After surgery, if there is a risk that prostate cancer cells may still be present.
  • For pain relief when cancer has spread to the bone

Prostate brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy where radioactive seeds are placed inside the prostate gland. It is the most common type of radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer risk factors

It is not known what causes prostate cancer, however, there are some risk factors associated with the disease, including:

Race: Prostate cancer is more common in African American men than in any other group of men. It is least common in Asian and American Indian men.

Family: A man's risk for developing prostate cancer is higher if his father or brother has had the disease.

Diet: A diet high in animal fat may increase the risk of prostate cancer, and a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk.