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.
Prostate cancer care at Geisinger
- Specialized care: Our team includes highly skilled urologists and cancer doctors (oncologists) who specialize in treating prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men. 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.
- We’re leaders in robotic urological surgery. Our surgeons have performed more than 2,000 robotic urological surgery procedures – more than any other healthcare provider in the region. We routinely perform complex procedures that are often unable to be performed elsewhere in the area, including robotic prostatectomies for prostate cancer
- Should you need surgery for your prostate cancer treatment, our robotic urologic surgery program offers minimally invasive surgeries. Robotic prostate surgery requires smaller incisions, which means less pain and faster recovery, so you can get back to your normal life.