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Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Most men do not have symptoms at all.

If you have any of the following symptoms, be sure to see your doctor right away —

  • Difficulty starting urination.

  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine.

  • Urinating often, especially at night.

  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely.

  • Pain or burning during urination.

  • Blood in the urine or semen.

  • Pain in the back, hips, or pelvis that doesn’t go away.

  • Painful ejaculation.

​Keep in mind that these symptoms may be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Treatments


Should you be diagnosed with prostate cancer, your medical care team will provide you with treatment options, some of which are listed below.  

Active Surveillance

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Radiation Therapy

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Robotic Surgery

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Hormone Therapy

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Biological Therapy

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  • Active Surveillance - Closely monitoring prostate cancer by performing prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests and prostate biopsies regularly and treating the cancer only if it grows or causes symptoms.

  • Radiation Therapy - Using high-energy rays (similar to X-rays) to kill the cancer.  There are two types of radiation therapy—

    • ​​External radiation therapy.  A machine outside the body directs radiation at the cancer cells.

    • Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy).  Radioactive seeds or pellets are surgically placed into or near the cancer to destroy the cancer cells.

  • Hormone Therapy - Blocks cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. This is also called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

  • Chemotherapy - Using special drugs to shrink or kill the cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body.  The drugs can be pills you take or medicines given through your veins, or, sometimes, both.

  • Robotic Surgery - often referred to as robotic prostatectomy, involves the use of a robotic surgery system that allows surgeons to operate on the prostate with enhanced vision, control, and precision.

  • Biological therapy - Works with your body’s immune system to help it fight cancer or to control side effects from other cancer treatments.  Side effects are how your body reacts to drugs or other treatments.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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