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Prostate 101

Where is the prostate? What does it do? Learn the basics about the compact gland and how disease affects it.

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The conversation beyond Shipley.

There is a large, engaged online community dedicated to prostate cancer, its treatment, and support for patients and their loved ones. We provide some recommended here.

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Evaluating New, Improved Methods for Detecting Prostate Cancer

Detection options: MRI-targeted biopsy with ultrasound versus the 12 core approach.


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Experts you may meet

More options means more healthcare professionals play a role in your prostate care team today.

The Evolution of Care

We have more data now saying which prostate cancers need to be treated and which don’t. We have minimally invasive treatments if necessary, and if you don’t require therapy, we will place you on a careful active surveillance regimen. Everything we do for prostate cancer is tailored to the specific patient and based on your unique situation.
Dr. Mark Katz , Urologist
Dr. Mark Katz

Terms to Know

Like most areas of medical expertise, prostate care is full of specialized terminology and acronyms. Use this glossary throughout the site for help understanding any medical term you encounter.

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  • Biopsy

    Examining a tissue sample to understand the presence, cause, or extent of a disease.

  • Cancer

    Cancer is a group of diseases where cells grow abnormally.

  • Cryotherapy

    The use of low temperatures in medical therapy.

  • Dosimetrist

    A medical professional who calculates precise doses of radiation for treatments.

  • Gleason Score

    A system of grading and staging prostate cancer.

  • Immunotherapy

    Stimulating the body’s own immune response to fight disease.

  • Prostate

    The prostate is a walnut-sized gland.

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)

    A substance produced by the prostate that increases when the prostate is irritated.

  • Radiation

    High-energy particles that cause ionization and tissue damage.

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