Navigating a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and can often be treated successfully. In fact, more than 2 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But a daunting set of questions faces the more than 200,000 men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year: Is prompt or aggressive treatment necessary, or is “watchful waiting” an option? And if choosing treatment, then what kind?

Hugh Smith was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 51. Knowing that members of his family had died from prostate cancer prompted Smith to get checked. When tests showed the presence of cancer, he looked for an experienced prostate specialist who could provide the most advanced treatment available. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University‘s Dr. Martin Sanda performed a prostatectomy on Smith via robotic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 2013. Since then, Smith says he’s had no side effects and no recurrent cancer. He thanks God and the expertise of his cancer team for the good results. Now he wants to encourage other men to take charge of their own health. “Some men would rather not know about their risk of prostate cancer,” says Smith. “But I say go in with your eyes wide open.”

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is at the forefront of research aimed at helping men at all stages of their journey with prostate cancer. A crucial segment of that journey starts with determining if a cancer is aggressive and fast-growing, or the type of slow, indolent cancer that could be safely monitored without treatment.

Find a primary physician through our Emory Healthcare Network or call Health Connection at 404-778-7777 to learn more from a registered nurse.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s Prostate Cancer Program offers a multidisciplinary approach. Our team of experienced specialists in urology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, advanced practice nursing, and social work deliver a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating prostate cancer.

At Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, our specialized clinicians use the latest precision medicine treatments and procedures that improve prostate cancer care. Proton therapy, a precision radiation treatment, is now one of the many technologically advanced tools to precisely and effectively treat each individual patient’s specific cancer.

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