Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness with PCRI


How does PCRI contribute to prostate cancer research and awareness? The Prostate Cancer Research Institute has been contributing to prostate cancer research and awareness since it was founded in 1996. Dr. Mark Sholz, one of the founding doctors, explains what PCRI does exactly and how that benefits men. A patient who understands his disease and […]

Is Prostate Biopsy Safe?


How safe is the prostate biopsy procedure? Prostate biopsy is used to find cancer in the prostate gland. Tissue samples are needed in order to do so. During a prostate biopsy needles are inserted through the rectum to remove a small amount of tissue. Dr. Mark Scholz says this procedure is not entirely safe. The […]

Alternatives to Prostate Biopsy


Are there any alternatives to prostate biopsy? Doctors have long relied upon biopsies to determine a cancer diagnosis. These procedures can be dangerous and have been fatal. Dr. Mark Scholz says new imaging studies, MRI and ultrasound, can eliminate the need for biopsies. These procedures have proven to be very accurate and are completely safe. […]

The Five Shades of Prostate Cancer

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What are the five shades of prostate cancer? There are many types of prostate cancer out there, which can lead to confusion. Dr. Mark Scholz tells us that in order to make sense of it all the Prostate Cancer Research Institute has divided the different types into the five shades of prostate cancer. The acronym […]

The Benefits of Using Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer


What are the benefits of using prostate cancer ultrasound? Advances in imaging are giving doctors the tools they need to produce a better quality of life for prostate cancer patients and reduce patient discomfort during routine procedures. According to Dr. Mark Scholz, a prostate cancer ultrasound is generally used to determine the presence or absence […]

The Uses of Prostate MRI


What are the uses of prostate MRI? Prostate MRI is a new imaging technique used for screening and monitoring prostate cancer. The use of MRIs can reduce the frequency of biopsies a patient receives. Prostate cancer biopsies are uncomfortable and can cause infections among other problems. Men with lower grade cancers can safely monitor the […]

Candidates for Active Surveillance

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Who is a good candidate for active surveillance? Newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients may be wondering if they are a candidate for active surveillance . “There are three factors you consider before going on active surveillance,” Dr. Mark Scholz says. Those factors are your PSA, your Gleason score, and the results of imaging. Doctors use […]

Importance of Knowing Your Prostate Cancer Stage


Why are there different stages of prostate cancer? Not all cancers are created equally. That’s why the Prostate Cancer Research Institute broke down the five stages of prostate cancer into different shades of blue. Each shade corresponds with certain treatment options so patients can easily focus on treatments that are right for them. Dr. Mark […]

Prostate Cancer Biopsy for Active Surveillance


What is active surveillance for prostate cancer? Men with prostate cancer who use an active surveillance program as part of their treatment often have to have yearly biopsies to see if the disease is growing. New imaging tools allow doctors to view the cancer without having to remove any tissue. Dr. Mark Scholz believes that […]

Alternatives to Prostate Cancer Surgery

Alternatives to Prostate Cancer Surgery

What are some alternatives to prostate cancer surgery? Many people aren’t aware of all of the alternatives to prostate cancer surgery.  When people think of cancer, they think of removing it through an operation. That’s a very logical conclusion when talking about lung cancer or gallbladder cancer. With prostate cancer, there are many reasons to […]

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