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Prostate Cancer

If you have prostate cancer, you receive the edge you need to fight the disease from the experts at the UMass Memorial Cancer Center.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. When prostate cancer is found early – while it’s still confined to the prostate – there’s a better chance of successful treatment. The prostate is a small gland that produces the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

Services We Provide

Advanced Robotic Surgery

You have easy access to a wide range of cancer treatment options. One of those options is minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate cancers. The daVinci S robotic surgery system allows our surgeons to perform the most delicate operations, such as prostatectomy (removal of all or part of the prostate gland), with more accuracy. This results in less pain and faster recovery time for you.

Not Just a Team – A Small Army

The diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer often require the skills of many specialists. We bring together these specialists in a single setting (called multidisciplinary care).

Here they discuss care for each patient and develop a thorough treatment program as a team. This provides you the best treatment plan possible. Patients also benefit by being able to see all specialists involved with the care plan in one convenient appointment.

Educational Resources and Support

What is Prostate Cancer?
Risk Factors

Questions to ask your doctor. Print out this page of suggested questions to ask at your next visit.

When you see your doctor, you may feel nervous and fearful. It’s important you ask questions about prostate cancer and that you understand what your doctor is explaining about the disease and your care. 

Communicating your concerns with your care team is important – so is keeping the lines of communication open as you continue your treatment. 

Prepare a list of questions in advance to ensure that key points are addressed. Being an informed participant in medical decision making is your right as a patient.

  • What is prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and what does it show?
  • What is a biopsy, and when and how is it done?
  • What is the Gleason score?
  • How are PSA and the Gleason score related?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Where can I find out more about my treatment options?
  • What are the risks and side effects of each treatment option?
  • How many of these procedures have you done in the past year?
  • How many procedures are done at this hospital each year?
  • What stage is my cancer in, and what does that mean for my prognosis?
  • How do I decide what is the best treatment option for me personally?
  • Is there any indication that the cancer has spread?