Rutland Regional’s Prostate Clinic
The prostate specialists at Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Prostate Clinic work with patients and their families to fight prostate cancer with information, early detection and the latest, most effective treatments.
The Prostate Clinic is staffed by a board-certified urologic surgeon and a board-certified radiation oncologist, as well as other healthcare professionals from a variety of disciplines. This comprehensive prostate program encourages patients to learn about prostate health, receive annual screenings and, if necessary, receive a variety of beneficial treatments for prostate cancer.
Screening and Diagnosis Risk
The chance of a man developing prostate cancer increases as he ages, especially after age 50, but when detected early, prostate cancer is highly treatable.
Most men begin to have regular prostate cancer exams and screenings in their late 40s. The American Cancer Society recommends that men aged 50 or older be offered a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a PSA blood test yearly. Men at high-risk, including African-American men, andmen with a first-degree relative (father, brother or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier than age 65, should begin screenings at age 45. When used together, these screenings can help identify and monitor prostate cancer.
The Prostate Clinic offers patients the following screenings:
- PSA Blood Test. This test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen found in the blood. Most men have a PSA level between 0 and 4. A rise in the PSA may indicate the presence of prostate cancer or another condition. As the PSA rises, so does the chance that cancer is present.
- Digital Rectal Exam. With this test, the physician can feel the prostate gland and any hard lumps or thickenings within it. If irregularities are found during these exams, a biopsy, ultrasound exam and other tests may be ordered to confirm a prostate cancer diagnosis.
For patients with prostate cancer, Rutland Regional offers comprehensive and individualized treatment plans, that include a full range of medical and radiation oncology options as well as access to clinical trials. Treatment is provided in a compassionate, patient centered environment by a sensitive and experienced team.
Treatment options may include:
- External Beam Radiotherapy. Daily outpatient treatments deliver radiation therapy to the prostate, destroying cancerous cells. The therapy is painless and the patient recovers at home. Most patients receive treatments five days a week for seven to ten weeks. Each treatment lasts less than 30 minutes.
- IGRT Image-Guided Radiation Therapy. IGRT is an advanced technology designed to improve the precision and effectiveness of radiation therapy by giving doctors the ability to target and track tumors more accurately, sparing the surrounding tissue.
- Prostatectomy. Surgery to remove the entire prostate gland.
- Hormone Therapy. Through medications, surgery or a combination of the two, certain hormones are added, blocked or removed from the patient’s body. This may slow or stop the growth of cancerous cells.
- Brachytherapy (Seed Implantation, or SI). During a short surgical procedure, tiny radioactive capsules called seeds are inserted into the prostate. The seeds contain safe, cancer-fighting radiation, and remain in place to help destroy cancerous cells.
The staff at the Prostate Clinic and the Foley Cancer Center work closely with patients and their families to manage the practical and emotional stresses associated with prostate cancer and treatment. Services include complementary therapies, financial counseling and emotional support for patients and caregivers.