In the United States, prostate cancer is the most common solid-organ cancer in the male population. The walnut-sized prostate gland is hidden within the body and is part of the male reproductive system. As with other cancers, prostate cancer cells become abnormal and proceed to become cancerous and needs to be diagnosed in the early stages.
The prostate gland is below the bladder and is examined by a digital rectal exam. The prostate gland circles the urethra, which is a tube that empties urine from the bladder. The prostate cancer will afflict close to 200,000 new patients each year in the US. Tremendous strides in both the diagnostic and treatment aspects have been made in the recent decade. The most important aspect of treating prostate cancer is early diagnosis. However, at Tulane Urology we are well-positioned to treat all stages of prostate cancer.