What Happens If I’m Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer?

Dr. Nelson talks about what happens if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer

1743182201If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, your physician will first determine what the grade and stage of the prostate cancer is.

If it is a low grade or less aggressive prostate cancer and your PSA is under 10 or 15, it is likely that the cancer hasn’t spread.

Physicians use tables and we statistics to determine that and if a man has a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, physicians will order a CAT scan of the abdomen and pelvis to look for spread to lymph nodes.

For more, watch Dr. Nelson in this video.

Video Transcript

Roscoe Nelson MD:  If you can diagnose with prostate cancer, we are going to look at what is the grade and stage of the prostate cancer.  If this is a low grade or less aggressive prostate cancer and your PSA is under 10 or 15, this is someone whose prostate cancer probably hasn’t spread.  We know this from thousands of men who have had their prostate out and we knew what symptoms they had and what signs they had prior to surgery. 

We use tables and we use statistics to determine that and if a man has a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, we are going to order a CAT scan of the abdomen and pelvis to look for spread to lymph nodes.  We will also get a bone scan or a PET scan to look for spread to the bones.

Roscoe Nelson
Dr. Roscoe Nelson is certified by the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his residency at the University of California, Davis and his doctorate of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Nelson is nationally recognized and ranked among the nation’s and Arizona’s top physicians and has won numerous awards including the 2008 through 2012 Patients’ Choice Award.


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