Prostate and Testicular Cancer

The surgeons at Urologic Specialists of New England have extensive experience in treating the two most common cancers affecting the male reproductive system.

Prostate Cancer
Prostate Cancer affects more men than any other form of cancer. In its earliest stages there are no symptoms, which is why it often grows undetected. If you experience difficulty urinating, frequent urination or blood in the urine or semen, you should see a doctor to find out whether you have an infection, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

Most doctors recommend that men over 50 have regular blood tests for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and/or rectal examinations for early indications of the disease. If either test shows a possibility of cancer, the next step is usually a biopsy -- a laboratory sample of tissue taken from the prostate.

If prostate cancer is discovered, your doctor will review several possible treatment options including radiation, surgery, medication and watchful waiting. Some prostate cancers can spread to other parts of the body, while others may not grow or spread for many years, if ever. Unfortunately, medical science today does not have a foolproof way of predicting when, or if, a particular person's disease may spread.

If surgery is indicated, Urologic Specialists of New England offer some of the most advanced techniques, including robotic surgery.

Testicular Cancer
A relatively rare and highly curable condition, testicular cancer typically affects men between ages 20 and 35. It is usually discovered when men notice a lump or swelling in self-examination or during routine physical exam.

Treatment begins with surgical removal of the affected testicle. Regular checkups are recommended afterward to determine if there has been any spread of disease requiring further treatment.

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