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Prostate cancer develops in the prostate gland, and is the most common type of cancer in men, with around 40,000 men in the UK diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. This cancer occurs when the genetic material of cells in the prostate become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. The abnormal cells then replicate, causing cancer. If undetected, the cancer can spread beyond the prostate and move to other parts of the body.
Prostate cancer is especially common in men over 50 years of age, and tends to be one of the slower-moving cancers. Although the exact causes of prostate cancer are unknown, certain risk factors have been identified. These include ethnic group (prostate cancer is more common among men of African-Caribbean and African descent), obesity and a family history of prostate cancer. You can find more on the risk factors here.
The symptoms for the presence of prostate cancer include:
Some men might find it embarrassing to talk about these sorts of symptoms, but if any of the above apply to you, or if you have any concerns about similar symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor. Alternatively you can book an appointment with one of our specialists by completing this form online or by calling 020 8247 3351.
If you’re referred to CCL for diagnosis, your consultant or oncologist will advise you on which tests are relevant to your individual symptoms. The symptoms of prostate cancer can also indicate other prostate conditions, and as these would all be treated differently it is vital to get an accurate diagnosis. Therefore, there are a number of tests for prostate cancer, which include:
At CCL, patients with prostate cancer are treated by a specialist multidisciplinary team. This team works together to create a treatment plan to suit the individual needs of the patient. There are a number of different treatments for prostate cancer, depending how advanced the cancer has spread. The treatments available include:
At CCL we provide support that caters to both the physical and emotional needs of the patient, before, during and after treatment.
We offer a wide range of services for patients, as well as their loved ones, designed to make a very difficult time as easy as possible, and to give our patients the best treatment and support possible. A prostate cancer patient can be forced to deal with several major – and intimately personal – stresses and challenges, so at CCL we offer a comprehensive rehabilitation plan, including appropriate emotional and psychological support. The preferred approach is multi-disciplinary, involving a urologist and a physiotherapist experienced in the management of male urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.