While 65 percent of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65, men much younger than that age group are still at risk for developing early-onset prostate cancer, the distinct type of the disease that affects men under the age of 55.
Early onset prostate cancer can be more aggressive and fast growing than prostate cancers diagnosed in older men and can have a strong genetic link. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer before 60 is twice as likely to develop the cancer as well.
Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment options can include surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of treatments. When choosing a treatment approach, considering the potential side effects of certain procedures can help you determine the best option for your lifestyle.
Our center uses CyberKnife® technology to deliver precisely targeted, high-dose radiation to a patient’s prostate cancer. This specialized type of radiation therapy does not require surgery, sedation or a prolonged recovery time and is completed within five outpatient sessions. Side effects, if any, may include constipation and urinary retention during or after treatment, and are typically gone within a few weeks.
For more information about our treatment method for prostate cancer, please visit our conditions treated page here.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.