Prostate Cancer Treatment in Denver
Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, affecting 1 in 7 men, according to the American Cancer Society. While African American men and men over age 65 are more likely to develop prostate cancer, the disease affects men of all ages. Prostate cancer can be treated effectively with a variety of prostate cancer treatment options.
At Foothills Urology, we recognize that every prostate cancer patient is unique, so we work closely with you to determine prostate cancer treatment options that best meet your goals. Our award-winning prostate surgeons provide patients with the latest advancements in prostate cancer surgery and are specially trained in minimally invasive robotic prostate surgery (including da Vinci robotic prostatectomy) and treating advanced prostate cancer.
Evaluating Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer patients are typically referred to our board-certified urologists after receiving an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. There can be several causes for an elevate PSA result, so our next step will be to determine which additional diagnostic tests need to be performed, if any. We may, for instance, recommend a biopsy of the prostate and/or other biomarker tests. We will then make a diagnosis and help you understand the various treatment options along with the pros and cons of each.
Treating Prostate Cancer
Not every prostate cancer patient requires radiation and/or surgical intervention. Foothills Urology takes care to make prostate cancer treatment plans that are tailored to each patient's specific diagnosis, lifestyle and personal goals.
Prostate cancer treatments include:
- Active surveillance – Because prostate cancer typically grows slowly, patients who are in the early stages of prostrate cancer or who have other serious health conditions may benefit from watchful waiting. Regular PSA testing (every three to six months), digital rectal exams, ultrasounds, and biopsies can be effective in monitoring prostate cancer.
- Radiation – Men with low-stage prostate cancer contained to the prostate gland may benefit from high-energy rays (radiation).
- Hormone Therapy – Hormone threrapy is used to reduce the level of androgens in the body.
- Chemotherapy –Chemotherapy, which utilizes drugs that enter the bloodstream and kill cancer cells, is typically recommended if the cancer has spread to other organs.
- Prostate Cancer Surgery – For prostate cancer that has not spread beyond the prostate gland, prostate surgery may be recommended. Foothills Urology specializes in robotic prostatectomy, a minimally invasive procedure to remove the prostate and nearby tissues. Our nerve-sparing prostatectomies help minimize the risk of post-surgical sexual dysfunction.
Prostate Cancer Excellence Award
Foothills Urology’s Dr. Derek Zukosky, who also serves as the medical director of robotic surgery and urology division chair at St. Anthony Hospital, was instrumental in St. Anthony Hospital winning the 2014 Healthgrades Prostate Surgery Excellence Award. Dr. Zukosky has performed more than 500 robotic prostate surgeries and is a leader in robotic surgery, serving as a robotic prostatectomy trainer in Colorado.
Dr. David Cahn, a fellowship-trained urologist with Foothills Urology, also treats patients with prostate cancer and specializes in advanced prostate cancer treatment.