Prostate Conditions

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Prostate Cancer Screenings in Philadelphia and Montgomery County

The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut. It is part of the male reproductive system and wraps around the tube that carries urine out of the bladder. The prostate grows as you get older. If it gets too big, it can cause health issues. 

Prostate problems after age 50 are very common, and having prostate problems does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Many prostate problems such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or prostate enlargement) and prostate cancer have similar symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated by one of our urologists. 

  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Trouble urinating
  • Frequent urination (especially at night)
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Pain in the back, hips or pelvis
  • Painful ejaculation

Testing may include a digital rectal exam (DRE), prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, urinalysis, urodynamic tests, cystoscopy, ultrasound and biopsy. We offer testing in our urology offices in Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, East Norriton and Lansdale.

Non-Cancerous Prostate Conditions

Prostate enlargement – BPH 

An enlarged prostate can cause bladder obstruction and an inability to urinate. We can quickly find the source of the problem with a comprehensive history and physical exam, and eliminate it with medication or surgery. State-of-the-art minimally invasive options include an in-office procedure, Cooled ThermoTherapy™, which delivers targeted heat to reduce excess prostate tissue. Minimally invasive surgery gets patients back to a normal life more quickly and with fewer side effects than traditional open surgery. Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) may be more appropriate for some men. Learn more about BPH.
 

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that may result from a bacterial infection. It affects at least half of all men at some time during their lives. Having this condition does not increase your risk for any other prostate disease. We use several tests, such as DRE and a urine test, to see if you have prostatitis. Correct diagnosis of your exact type of prostatitis is key to getting the best treatment, as prostatitis can be acute or chronic. It is most commonly treated with medications.

Prostate Cancer

If you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, further tests will help determine the nature of the cancer and whether it has spread. There are many ways to treat prostate cancer, ranging from active surveillance to surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy. We also participate in clinical trials as new treatments are developed.

The best course of treatment is a highly personalized decision that you should make with your doctor. Our urologists will help you consider all options to come up with the best plan for a longer life with minimal side effects. Learn more about prostate cancer.