Prostate Cancer Specialist

Urology Specialty Care of Miami -  - Urologist

Urology Specialty Care of Miami

Urologists located in Miami, FL

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in men. It’s also the second deadliest cancer, although it’s treatable when caught at an early stage. Dr. Yekutiel Sandman of Urology Specialty Care of Miami has years of experience screening for prostate cancer and providing treatment to produce optimal outcomes, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery when needed as part of your overall treatment plan. To schedule prostate cancer screening, call their office in Miami, Florida, or book an appointment online.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

When Should You Be Screened For Prostate Cancer?

Recommendations for prostate screening depend on your medical history, overall health, and most importantly, your risk factors for prostate cancer. Typically, men who have a high risk get their first screening around the age of 40 or 45. Those with an average risk may wait until 50.

Prostate cancer screening includes a digital rectal exam to check for tumors and a PSA test. The PSA test is a blood test that determines the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. Since cancerous and noncancerous tissues produce PSA, high PSA levels in the blood may indicate prostate cancer or other conditions such as an enlarged prostate.

What are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer seldom produces symptoms until it grows large enough to cause:

Urinary symptoms:

  • Frequent urination especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination
  • Weak urine flow
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Blood in your urine

Erectile and ejaculatory symptoms:

  • Difficulty having or maintaining an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in semen

Lower extremity symptoms:

  • Pain or stiffness in your lower back, hips or thighs
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Bone pain in your legs

How is Prostate Cancer Treated?

Treatment depends on the stage of your prostate cancer, as well as your overall health and personal preference.

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer, so you may not need immediate treatment. When Dr. Sandman detects it at an early stage, they may recommend watchful waiting or active surveillance before starting treatment.

When surgery is required, Dr. Sandman may perform a minimally invasive or robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy to remove the prostate.

Multiple treatments are usually combined to ensure optimal results, so you may receive one or more of the following:  

  • Surgery: surgical removal of the cancer when it has not spread outside of the prostate
  • Radiation therapy: destroying tumors in the early stage to slow cancer growth at all stages
  • Hormone therapy: to reduce levels of androgens and slow cancer growth and shrink the tumor
  • Chemotherapy: to kill or stop cancer cell growth
  • Immunotherapy: to trigger your immune system to fight cancer cells
  • Systemic therapy: combining various therapies to treat cancer that has spread
  • Cryotherapy: killing cancer cells by freezing

To schedule an examination to screen for prostate cancer, call Urology Specialty Care of Miami or use online booking.