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Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer develops when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in a man’s prostate. Our team includes urologists, surgeons and radiation oncologists who work together to deliver precise treatments. Our highly specialized team helps you get the best possible care.

The prostate is located between the bladder and penis. The organ serves two important functions:

  • Helping the bladder control the flow of urine
  • Producing fluid that protects semen and helps discharge it from the penis

What you should know about prostate cancer

  • Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 40. Most men are age 65 or older at the time of diagnosis.
  • Tumors often grow slowly and may not require treatment (other than regular check-ups) for many years.

Why choose Geisinger for your prostate cancer care?

  • Specialized care: Our team includes urologists and cancer doctors (oncologists) who specialize in treating prostate cancer. This level of specialization helps you get care that meets your unique needs. Learn more about cancer treatment.
  • Focus on your quality of life: If you need radiation therapy, we take extra steps to protect nearby healthy tissue, including the rectum. We are one of the few programs in the region using a simple device (rectal spacer) to shield the rectum from radiation exposure. This practice preserves bowel function so you can make a full recovery. Find out more about radiation therapy.
  • Innovative treatments: Brachytherapy uses tiny seeds to deliver safe levels of a radioactive substance. This treatment provides strong doses of radiation and requires fewer treatments than standard radiation therapy. You may also be able to return to daily activities within a few days.

Treatment options

Doctors at Geisinger offer extensive experience in treating prostate cancer, giving you the best chance for a good outcome.

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