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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a common cancer in men, characterized by abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland. Our urology team is committed to supporting patients through every step of the process, from diagnosis to treatment and ongoing follow-up.

Symptoms and Risk Factors:

  • Some men may not exhibit symptoms, while others may experience urinary issues, blood in semen, and weight changes.
  • Family history is a significant risk factor.

Prostate Cancer Facts:

  • 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • 1 in 4 African American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.
  • Men with a father or brother who had prostate cancer are at increased risk.

Diagnostic Tests

  • Blood and Urine Tests
  • Digital Rectal Exam
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Imaging (including CT scans and PSMA scans), Trans perineal Non-Rectal Biopsy
  • Bone Scan for assessing potential spread to bones.
  • MRI and MRI Guided Fusion Biopsies

Early Detection and Screening

PSA, or Prostatic Specific Antigen, is a key marker used in monitoring for prostate cancer. Regular PSA testing is recommended for men over 50, and starting from age 45 for baseline assessment, especially for those with a family history of prostate cancer.

  • Surgery: Robotic Prostatectomy with Lymph Node Dissection using the Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.
  • Nerve Sparing: This surgery is intended to control the cancer while preserving continence and erectile function.
  • Radiation: Including Space Oar Gel placement to protect the rectum during radiation treatment.

Kidney/Urothelial Cancer/Adrenal Masses

  • Associated with smoking, environmental exposures, and genetics.
  • Symptoms can include back pain, abdominal mass, blood in urine, weight changes.
  • 90% of cases are found incidentally.

Types of Robotic Kidney Surgeries:

  • Lyst Decortication
  • Partial Nephrectomies
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Radical Nephrectomy
  • Radical Nephroureterectomy
  • Reimplant

Bladder Cancer

  • Symptoms include urinary urgency, blood in urine, bladder pain.
  • Treatment includes resection of bladder tumor, chemotherapy, and immunotherapies.
  • Bladder Removal

Urinary Stones

Kidney stones are common and can cause significant damage if untreated. Treatment options include:

  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy
  • Percutaneous nephrolithotomy
  • Bladder stone removal
  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Contact our office at (718)-370-1400 to schedule a screening appointment.

Counseling and Support

At Richmond University Medical Center, palliative care is offered to help patients who are experiencing pain, stress, and other challenging symptoms related to their illness. This service is offered in addition to the primary treatment plan and is intended to provide day-to-day comfort and assistance for the patient and their loved ones. You can read more about our palliative care services here.