Golden Gate Urology Berkeley
Urologists & Pediatric Urologists located in Berkeley, CA
Although the thought of prostate cancer can be unsettling, access to the right care increases your chances of successful treatment. At Golden Gate Urology Berkeley in Berkeley, California, urologists Joel A. Piser, MD, Chi K. Lee, MD, Andrew J. Pienkny, MD, Daniel Oberlin, MD, and Greg A. Barmé, MD, offer compassionate, patient-centered care and a number of personalized cutting-edge treatments for prostate cancer. Dr. Oberlin is a highly experienced urologist who is fellowship trained in robotic oncology. To speak with the team about your condition, call or book an appointment online today.
Prostate Cancer Q&A
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a small gland that sits below your bladder and produces fluid that nourishes and helps transport sperm. Prostate cancer occurs when the cells in your prostate become abnormal and begin to mutate and grow more rapidly than normal cells. As these abnormal cells further grow and accumulate, they form tumors.
Although the exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown, certain factors like genetics and obesity can increase your chances of developing the condition.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. Research shows about 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer damages the health and function of your prostate and can spread to other parts of your body like your bladder or bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
- Difficulty urinating
- Weak stream
- Pelvic pain
- Bone pain
- Back pain
- Blood in semen
- Erectile dysfunction
- Painful ejaculation
- Unintended weight loss
- Pain in your lower hips or upper thighs
In some cases, the symptoms of prostate cancer are similar to noncancerous conditions like benign prostatic hyperplasia or urinary tract infections. If you notice symptoms, it’s important to speak with a urologist to receive an accurate diagnosis. The earlier your prostate cancer is detected, the greater your chances of successful treatment.
How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
If you’re at risk for prostate cancer or you experience symptoms, your doctor may begin with a simple screening test like a digital rectal exam or prostate-specific antigen test. If your screening test detects abnormalities, your doctor may perform a number of tests to determine if you have prostate cancer including:
- Prostate biopsy
- MRI fusion
- PET-CT scan
These tests give your doctor details on the aggressiveness of your prostate cancer and help them determine if the condition has spread to other areas of your body. The team also provides genetic testing to help predict how your prostate cancer will behave. After your diagnosis, the team works together to develop your personalized treatment plan.
What treatments are available?
Golden Gate Urology Berkeley is led by a team of highly experienced urology experts, including a robotic prostatectomy specialist and radiation oncologist. The team works together to determine the safest and most effective approach for treating your prostate cancer. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may include:
- Active surveillance
- Radiation therapy
- Hormone therapy
- Robotic prostatectomy
Golden Gate Urology Berkeley is a leading provider of innovative, personalized urologic care. To speak with a urologist about your condition, call the office or book an appointment online today.