USMD Prostate Cancer News

Dr. Bevan-Thomas Uses Storytelling and Science to Save Lives

“It’s scary when you get diagnosed with prostate cancer,” he says. Helping men cut through misconceptions so they can take control of their treatment is one of the most important aspects of Dr. BT’s mission. Read Dr. Bevan-Thomas Uses Storytelling and Science to Save Lives.

Rodney Young says TxDot and Dr. Justin Lee Saved His Life

The maintenance supervisor didn’t know what a PSA test was until TxDot offered biometric screenings. Now the prostate cancer survivor is spreading awareness among other men. Read Rodney Young says TxDot and Dr. Justin Lee Saved His Life.

Prostate Cancer: Bump in the Road or Train Wreck?

A rush of thoughts went through Keith Lawrence’s head while he waited for the results of his prostate biopsy. Did he have cancer? Had it been caught early? Would this be a bump in the road or train wreck? Read Prostate Cancer: Bump in the Road or Train Wreck?

Steve Winkle Had Never Heard of “Free” PSA Until Six Years Ago

With a PSA level always below 4, Steve Winkle thought he was in the clear—until a life insurance company turned him down for his “low percentage of free PSA.” The rejection letter led to his prostate cancer diagnosis and life-saving treatment. Read Steve Winkle Had Never Heard of “Free” PSA Until Six Years Ago.

A Dangerous New Trend: More High-Risk Prostate Cancer Diagnoses

Ever since PSA screenings received a “D” rating, docs on the frontlines of prostate cancer have been concerned about the fallout. A new study confirms their fears: More men are being diagnosed with high-risk and metastatic cancer. Read A Dangerous New Trend: More High-Risk Prostate Cancer Diagnoses.

Six Years After Surgery, Louis Giamalva is Urban Off-Roading Cancer-Free

At 51, Louis Giamalva says he was “surprised” when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, even though his grandfather died of the disease and his father was diagnosed in his 50s. Read Six Years After Surgery, Louis Giamalva is Urban Off-Roading Cancer-Free.

“Being Human” is Good Medicine for Prostate Cancer Patients

“There’s no greater amount of trust a person can give than a patient gives a surgeon,” says Dr. Scott Thurman. “It’s their body, their soul. I learn something from every patient.” Read “Being Human” is Good Medicine for Prostate Cancer Patients.

BEWARE: Not All Prostate MRIs Are the Same

Prostate MRIs are supposed to detect small cancer lesions, but every month Dr. Bevan-Thomas sees men who’ve been told they’re cancer-free based on a fuzzy, subpar MRI. Read BEWARE: Not All Prostate MRIs Are the Same.

Six Tips for Finding the Right Prostate Cancer Specialist

How do you find the right physician to shepherd you through your treatment? Here are insights from survivors who know what you’re going through. Read Six Tips for Finding the Right Prostate Cancer Specialist.

At 78, Marvin Herring Is Still Running Thanks to Dr. Scott Thurman

Marvin Herring was worried that possible post-surgery side effects might put the brakes on his 5K days until he met another runner—Dr. Scott Thurman. Read At 78, Marvin Herring Is Still Running Thanks to Dr. Scott Thurman.

Multi-parametric MRI Fusion-Guided Biopsy Finds Prostate Cancer Often Missed

Finding prostate cancer tumors isn’t always easy. Now new technology is able to detect hard-to-find 7mm and 8mm cancer lesions that were often missed in the past. Read Multi-parametric MRI Fusion-Guided Biopsy Finds Prostate Cancer Often Missed.

Twelve Years after Cryosurgery, Grant Hollingsworth is Still Cancer-Free

Diagnosed with prostate cancer at 70, Grant Hollingsworth opted for a minimally invasive alternative to surgical and radiation treatments—cryosurgery—and is glad he did. Read Twelve Years after Cryosurgery, Grant Hollingsworth is Still Cancer-Free.

Dr. Vestal Helps Men Enjoy Life’s Two Qs: Quality & Quantity

Dr. Vestal’s close bond with his patients and their families has inspired a special calling—helping them reach the milestones that are most important to them. Read Dr. Vestal Helps Men Enjoy Life’s Two Qs: Quality & Quantity.

Fighting Cancer with Really Good Food

When Wendy Wilkie was battling Stage IV breast cancer, she couldn’t find the healthy food her body needed. She knew she wasn’t alone, so she founded Cuisine for Healing. Read Fighting Cancer with Really Good Food.

Taking the Tornado Out of Prostate Cancer

Many men think a PSA level below 4 means they don’t have to worry about prostate cancer. Mike Harvey thought he was in the clear until he was diagnosed with cancer. Read Taking the Tornado Out of Prostate Cancer.

This Diet Reduces DNA Damage Tied to Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer patients who followed a modified Mediterranean diet for three months significantly reduced DNA damage linked to their cancer. Read This Diet Reduces DNA Damage Tied to Prostate Cancer.

A Loving Mom and an Army General Inspired Dr. Lee to Fight Cancer

As a boy, Dr. Lee wanted to be a physician so he could cure his mom’s diabetes. But an Army General set him on the path to fight cancer. Read A Loving Mom and an Army General Inspired Dr. Lee to Fight Cancer.

Jessie Maddox Beat Prostate Cancer TWICE

Jessie Maddox knew beating prostate cancer a second time at 79 would be tough—especially with a Gleason 9. Now almost 81, he’s cancer-free after cryosurgery. Read Jessie Maddox Beat Prostate Cancer TWICE.

Bonded for Life: A Prostate Cancer Survivor Story

When Paul Moseley learned he had prostate cancer, he knew finding a doctor he could connect with would be vital to his recovery. He found Dr. Bevan-Thomas. Read Bonded for Life: A Prostate Cancer Survivor Story.

Treating Prostate Cancer is Personal for Dr. Keith Waguespack

“My grandfather died of the disease, while my dad was cured by surgery. In my own family, I have seen the worst and the best case outcomes,” he says. Read Treating Prostate Cancer is Personal for Dr. Keith Waguespack.

We Don’t Mind Being Second When it Comes to a Second Opinion

Hearing you have prostate cancer once probably seems like more than enough, but a second opinion can be a lifesaver. A second opinion verifies the existence of your cancer, its location, and the grad and stage of your cancer. Confirmation of all these factors is important because prostate cancer is a complex disease with many variations. One man’s prostate cancer may be low risk, while another man’s cancer may be very aggressive. Read We Don’t Mind Being Second When it Comes to a Second Opinion.

The Other Side of Prostate Cancer Treatment

The day you hear the words, “You have prostate cancer,” will probably be one of the worst days of your life. Your diagnosis may usher in feelings of fear, sadness and uncertainty. We understand. We never like telling a man and his family that they have a stealthy killer in their midst. Just remember, the prostate cancer brotherhood is large and strong. Today, there are 2.9 million survivors in the United States alone.

Along with a variety of state-of-the-art treatments that are very effective at destroying prostate cancer cells, one of the best medicines we know of is hearing from men on the other side of treatment. As they’ve let us know on our Facebook page and website, life after prostate cancer treatment is good—very good. We’re happy to share some of their stories with you. Read The Other Side of Prostate Cancer Treatment.

“I Wasn’t Afraid of Dying from Prostate Cancer”

Life can throw some strange curves our way. For years, Jim Cox read the medical records of hundreds of men diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was with the Veteran’s Administration. “In the back of my mind, I always thought, ‘I’m going to get this one day,’” Jim remembers.

Reading those VA records made Jim diligent about getting regular PSA screenings—even after he retired and moved to Hillsboro, Texas.

“I had just gotten mine checked and it was within the normal limits, but I had some “old man” symptoms so I went to an urologist. He checked my PSA and confirmed it was normal, but my testosterone was low. After one round of hormone therapy he did all the tests again and my PSA had spiked from 2.8 to 10.” Read I Wasn't Afraid of Dying from Prostate Cancer.

Taking the Fear and Dread Out of Prostate Cancer

Married 24 years, Frank and Sherry Peugh still celebrate their wedding anniversary on the 27th of every month. “I get up, I don’t even know what day it is and I walk into the kitchen and find a little gift in front of the coffee pot,” Sherry marvels.

It’s been this way for “277 months,” Frank says. “I call it our month-a-versary.”

So when the Peugh’s learned Frank’s PSA had spiked, they were worried. Frank’s physician referred them to Dr. Justin Lee, director of robotics at USMD Prostate Cancer Center in Arlington. Dr. Lee performed a biopsy which confirmed that Frank did have prostate cancer. Read Taking the Fear and Dread Out of Prostate Cancer.

Why One Man Ignored Prostate Cancer Statistics

Women are a mighty force when it comes to helping their men stay healthy. Lou Ann Radke exemplifies this beautifully. As someone who has had her own share of health issues, Lou Ann says, “I don’t believe in messing around.”  So when the Radke’s learned Dean’s PSA level had doubled in just one year, Lou Ann was right by Dean’s side during his visit with a Bedford urologist. Read Why One Man Ignored Prostate Cancer Statistics.

U.S. Soldiers Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Have Higher Prostate Cancer Risk

More than two million American soldiers have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq—and many of them have been exposed to weapons made with depleted uranium (DU). The World Health Organization has classified DU as a Class 1 carcinogen that damages DNA and can trigger several types of cancer—including prostate cancer. With scores of soldiers—many as young as 19 years old—having served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, waiting until age 40 or 50 to have a PSA test could have devastating consequences. Read U.S. Soldiers Deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan Have Higher Prostate Cancer Risk.

A Custom Vaccine to Fight Prostate Cancer

Provenge is a custom vaccine made specifically for each patient using his white blood cells. The vaccine stimulates the man’s immune system to kill prostate cancer cells. Provenge works by stimulating the immune system to recognize and fight certain proteins that are specific to cancer cells. Read A Custom Vaccine to Fight Prostate Cancer.

Conceiving Children After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Curve balls are great for Cy Young pitchers—not for a 27-year-old soldier just back from Afghanistan. Imagine making it home safely from a war zone only to learn that you have prostate cancer—a diagnosis that you only learned about because your doctor accidentally ordered a PSA test during your annual physical. Imagine the twilight-zone moment when two PSA tests, one biopsy and a second opinion later you realize it’s not a fluke; it’s not a mistake—aggressive prostate cancer is growing inside your otherwise young, healthy body. Read Conceiving Children After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis.

Genetic Testing: A Game Changer for Prostate Cancer

Genetics is playing a bigger role in the detection and treatment of cancer. You’ve probably heard a lot about the BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genes. Women who inherit a harmful mutation of this gene have a much greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer. A simple blood or saliva test lets women know if they carry the mutation so they can make informed prevention and treatment decisions early, rather than later. Read Genetic Testing: A Game Changer for Prostate Cancer.

NCCN Risk Categories for Prostate Cancer

Decisions about the best way to treat your prostate cancer are never made lightly. A great deal of thought and careful review of test results, cancer data and your medical history are all considered when determining which treatment option is best for your individual prostate cancer. Read NCCN Risk Categories for Prostate Cancer.

Understanding Prostate Cancer Staging and Grading

A prostate cancer diagnosis sparks many questions. Has the cancer been caught early? How extensive is it? Has it spread to other parts of the body? Not knowing the answers to these questions can be a source of stress and anxiety. Two processes—cancer staging and cancer grading—help provide answers. Read Understanding Prostate Cancer Staging and Grading.

PSA Screenings Decline Following New Recommendations

The Journal of Urology reports that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined in the United States following a 2013 recommendation by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)—a group of primary care physicians charged with developing recommendations about which preventative health screenings should be covered under the Affordable Health Care Act. Read PSA Screenings Decline Following New Recommendations.

The Link Between Dairy and Prostate Cancer

One of the most iconic advertising campaigns of the past two decades came to an unceremonious end not too long ago. “Got Milk?” was pulled by the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP). Supermodels, superstar athletes, movie stars, rock stars, and other celebrities won’t be sporting frothy milk moustaches anymore. With slumping sales, dairy execs say it was time to give milk a makeover, but could the decision be related to the newest study that links milk consumption to prostate cancer? Read The Link Between Dairy and Prostate Cancer.

Is Active Surveillance Right for You?

Twenty years ago, nearly one-third of men diagnosed with prostate cancer had metastatic cancer that had already spread to their bones or lymph nodes. Today, that number is just one or two percent. Because more men are being diagnosed in the very early stages of prostate cancer—many times long before they even have any symptoms of the disease—active surveillance is often a prudent first step in their treatment. Are you a candidate? Read Is Active Surveillance Right for You?

Myths & Facts About the Little Blue Pill After Prostate Cancer

In 2012, the makers of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra raked in $2.9 billion in sales. Next to the introduction of the birth control pill in the mid 1960s, nothing has had a greater impact on men’s and women’s sex lives than phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors. But how do they work following treatment for prostate cancer? Read Myths & Facts About the Little Blue Pill After Prostate Cancer.

Common Treatments for Erectile Rehab

Every man needs time to heal following their treatment for prostate cancer. But thanks to the body’s amazing ability to recover, and a variety of treatments designed to help it along, erectile function continues to improve for up to four-and-a-half years after prostate cancer treatment. Read Common Treatments for Erectile Rehab.

Erectile Rehab After Prostate Cancer Treatment

A prostate cancer diagnosis triggers a flood of questions, fear and worry. Right after concerns about emerging cancer free, most men want to know if they will retain sexual function following treatment. Penile rehabilitation uses a variety of treatments designed to maximize the return of penile health. Read Erectile Rehab After Prostate Cancer Treatment.

Advantages of Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer Unproven

Our rush to embrace the latest technology is understandable. We want the best—whether it’s the newest smartphone, a car that gets better gas mileage or the most advanced medical treatments. In the case of prostate cancer, proton therapy has been receiving a lot of attention. But now its efficacy and cost are being seriously scrutinized by medical experts and insurance companies. Read Advantages of Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer Unproven.

Frequently Asked Questions: Is Prostate Cancer Hereditary?

Cancer experts are often asked “Is prostate cancer hereditary?” and research into the disease shows that there might be a genetic link.  The link between heredity and prostate cancer was first suspected as far back as the 1950’s, but the connection did not become clear until the 1970’s.  Since that time, dozens of studies conducted indicate a strong link between genetics and prostate cancer. Read Is Prostate Cancer Hereditary.

Preventing Prostate Cancer:  Is Your Diet Putting You at Risk?

Good nutrition may be one of the best ways to prevent prostate cancer, according to recent studies.  Although the actual cause of prostate cancer is unknown, researchers have found that many dietary factors  may place men  at greater risk for the disease.  

The good new is that there are ways to minimize your risk by making small dietary changes. Read Is Your Diet is Putting You at Risk.

Age for Prostate Screening: Am I Too Young?

The age for prostate screening has become a controversial topic among the medical community. Some experts claim that regular screening offers men more treatment options with fewer side effects, while others believe that because prostate tumors grow slowly, the side effects far outweigh any benefit to early detection of the tumor. Read Age for Prostate Screenings.

Recognize the Early Signs of Prostate Cancer

Like most types of cancer, recognizing the early signs of prostate cancer leads to earlier diagnosis and a better chance of curing the disease. Unfortunately, in the very early stages, most men do not suffer from any symptoms and may not be diagnosed with the illness until it has already spread to other areas of the body. However, there are some common signs of prostate cancer and men who have any of these symptoms should see their doctor. Read Recognizing the Early Signs of Prostate Cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer – A Closer Look

In terms of prostate cancer, there have been several studies describing the benefits of eating fish or supplementing with fish oil. A UC San Francisco study asked men with a specific prostate cancer gene about dietary habits, and those who ate fish at least once per week had a roughly 2/3 reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Read Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer.

What to Look for in a Texas Cancer Center

A prostate cancer diagnosis is frightening and many patients are not sure of where to turn or what to look for in a Texas cancer center. Patients want t be sure they get the best treatment that will provide them with a positive outcome. A patient should look for several things when selecting a Texas cancer center. Read more about selecting a Texas cancer center.

What Are Treatments for Prostate Cancer?

After patients receive the diagnosis, their next question is often “What are treatments for prostate cancer?” According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cancer diagnosed in American men, with only skin cancer diagnosed more often. Nearly two-thirds of those diagnosed are 65 or older, and is the second leading cause of death, behind only lung cancer, among American men. However, early detection and improved prostate cancer treatments significantly improve the chance of recovery from the disease. Read Treatments for Prostate Cancer.

Common Prostate Cancer Causes 

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, and scientists are still trying to determine prostate cancer causes.  Despite the fact that, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, causes of prostate cancer are still somewhat of a mystery. Read Common Prostate Cancer Causes.

Food For Thought - Diet for Prostate Cancer

Although the actual causes of prostate cancer are unclear, many studies indicate that diet for prostate cancer can go a long way toward reducing risk factors for the disease. Researchers have identified a connection between certain chemicals found naturally in foods and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Although diet alone cannot protect you completely from developing the disease, these suggestions for diet for prostate cancer could help reduce your risks. Read Foods for those with Prostate Cancer.

Blood in Your Urine: Why is it there and does it indicate prostate cancer?

When going to the restroom one day, you notice that your urine looks a bit pink. You think it might be blood. What should you do? First, don’t panic. Blood in your urine, known medically as hematuria, does not necessarily indicate prostate cancer or a fatal disease. While you should not panic, you should see your doctor. There are two types of hematuria, gross (macroscopic) and microscopic. Microscopic hematuria means the red blood cells are present in so small of an amount that they can only be viewed through a microscope. The typical, healthy person excretes up to 85,000 red blood cells each day. Doctors, viewing a urine sample, look for a greater ratio than this in a urine specimen before diagnosing microscopic hematuria. Gross hematuria means that blood is visible to the human eye. Sometimes this can be seen as a pink, red or a cola color in the urine. At other times, blood clots will appear as speckles in the urine. Read Blood in Your Urine: Why is it there and does it indicate prostate cancer.

Salvage Therapy: What Does It Mean for Prostate Cancer Patients?

One of the most underutilized therapies in the battle against prostate cancer is called salvage therapy. This name can conjure up all kinds of images. But let's get to what this treatment really is and how it helps treat the prostate cancer patient.

Salvage therapy for prostate cancer is technically defined as any therapy utilized to cure cancer after a failure of the initial treatment. This can be salvage radiation, salvage radical prostatectomy, salvage cryoablation and salvage HIFU. Salvage radiation is perhaps the most commonly utilized of all the modalities, and it is most commonly used for patients with a localized recurrence of cancer in the bed of the prostate after a radical prostatectomy. Salvage radiation is most commonly recommended in two instances:
1. If the patient comes in with a rising PSA after surgery with a positive margin (cancer at the margin of the prostate seen once the prostate has been removed), or 2. Cancer that has spread locally outside of the prostate is confirmed after analyzing the prostate upon removal. Although the cure rate can be as high as 70 percent, it is imperative that these patients are treated early before the cancer has a chance to spread to distant areas. The most ideal candidate has a PSA less than 0.2. Read Salvage Therapy and Prostate Cancer.

GETTING A SECOND OPINION - USMDPCC Second OpinionBefore I begin prostate cancer treatment, should I seek a second opinion?

Recent research has shown that the results of prostate cancer treatment are far better if an advanced center that specializes in prostate cancer is involved.

Why should I get my second opinion at USMD Prostate Cancer Center? We are one of the most comprehensive and advanced prostate cancer centers in the world featuring an integrated approach to cancer treatment. By getting your second opinion at USMD Prostate Cancer Center, you can be assured your initial diagnosis was correct and thorough, be well informed about all your treatment options and their potential outcomes and associated risk. This knowledge places you in the drivers seat in your battle against prostate cancer. Our all-encompassing center is beautifully appointed and conveniently located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Read Getting A Second Opinion Before you start your Prostate Cancer Treatments.

Catheter-less Prostatectomy (Prostate Cancer Surgery) Reduces Pain and Healing Time

USMD Prostate Cancer Center is one of only a few places in the United States that offers the catheter-less prostatectomy. Dr. Bevan-Thomas and Dr. Lee, along with their colleagues—a team of board-certified urologists and robotic surgeons including Dr. Scott Thurman, Dr. David Shepherd and Dr. Keith A Waguespack—have all been on the leading edge of minimally invasive robot-assisted prostatectomies. Today, they all offer the catheter-less robotic prostatectomy and are enthusiastic about its results. In fact, the USMD robotic team began using the technique as early as 2009. In that time, they have logged countless hours of experience. As early adopters of the da Vinci surgical robot system, the team has performed more than 6000 robot-assisted prostatectomies—making them one of the most experienced robotic teams in world.

Catheter-less Prostate Cancer SurgeryWhen robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomies came on the scene and introduced the use of small “keyhole” rather than large incisions, patients scored several benefits—including less blood loss and pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time. But they still had to tough it out with a catheter for a week or two. The physicians at USMD Prostate Cancer Center in Arlington, Texas have eliminated that worry, though. “We have been performing a revolutionary catheter-less prostatectomy since 2009,” says Justin, T. Lee, M.D, director of robotic surgery at the center. “Sending patients home after surgery without a penile catheter has made a major difference for our patients. Patients are more comfortable with a small tube from the lower abdomen, and we are seeing improved urinary function in the weeks following surgery.”

Read Catheter-less Prostate Cancer Surgery.

Sex Life After Prostate Cancer Treatment

By: Richard Bevan-Thomas, MD
February 22th, 2013

Richard Beven-Thomas Urologists at USMDPCCYou just received the news from your doctor, “You have prostate cancer.” A ton of questions flood your mind. What now? How will this affect me? How will this impact my sex life? You may have received information about robotic surgery, cryotherapy, radiation treatment or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU). After treatment, your physician assures you that things are progressing normally, but you still worry. It has been several months since your surgery, and yet you are not able to achieve a full erection. Don’t give up hope. While nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has significantly improved the likelihood that you will regain erectile function, recovery time can vary. Some men may recover their ability very rapidly; others may take a couple of years. Read Sex Life After Prostate Cancer Treatment.

Seven Nutrition Tips to Include in Your Prostate Cancer Treatment

By: Richard Bevan-Thomas, MD
February 13th, 2013

Richard Beven-Thomas Urologists at USMDPCCAs you undergo cancer treatment, it is vital that you maintain a healthy diet to help your body battle cancer. Your body is in overdrive fighting the cancer. It is also repairing healthy cells that may be damaged as a side effect of treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. A healthy diet strengthens your immune system, helping to prevent a secondary infection; yet, eating correctly during treatment is often a challenge, as patients in often have a diminished appetite A prostate healthy diet, low in fat and high in fiber coupled with regular exercise can slow prostate cancer cell growth by up to 30 percent, according to a study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and UCLA's Department of Physiological Science. So what steps can to take to fuel your body properly during and following prostate cancer treatment? Read Seven Nutrition Tips to Include in Your Prostate Cancer Treatment.

Prostate Cancer and Depression: There is Hope

By: Richard Bevan-Thomas, MD
February 8th, 2013

Richard Beven-Thomas Urologists at USMDPCCYou have had your prostate biopsy and are awaiting the results. In the intervening time you have realized that your anxiety has risen dramatically. The day to receive your results arrives and you hear the words you did not want to hear, “You have prostate cancer.” “What if’s “flood your mind and it is difficult to listen to the further information the doctor is sharing with you. You are not alone in your experience.

Many men receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis experience sadness, anger, bitterness, and fear. With a strong support system of family, faith, or friends, patients often adapt to the initial emotional difficulties they felt. However, if you continue to experience anxiety, grief, anger or fear for weeks or months, this could indicate clinical depression. Read Prostate Cancer and Depression: There is Hope.

What is PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)?

By: Richard Bevan-Thomas, MD
January 23, 2013

Richard Beven-Thomas Urologists at USMDPCCProstate Specific Antigen (PSA) is an enzyme produced by the glandular cells of the prostate. A PSA test measures the level of this enzyme in the bloodstream. A rising PSA level can be an indicator of prostate cancer.

PSA is a protein made in the prostate gland in ductal cells. These cells make some of the semen that comes out of the penis during sexual climax (orgasm). PSA helps to keep the semen in liquid form and also help the sperm penetrate the egg for fertility. Typically only a small amount of PSA is present in the bloodstream. However, sometimes an abnormality is present in the prostate, which creates a vent for the PSA to pass directly into the bloodstream. Cancer cells can cause such an abnormality. When a PSA test reveals a high level of the enzyme in the bloodstream, it can indicate prostate problems, including cancer. Read What is PSA Prostate Specific Antigen.

Welcomes Dr. C.K. Wang, M.D. Medical Oncologist

Arlington - April 4, 2012

C.K. Wang, M.D.USMD Hospital of Arlington’s Cancer Center, which is among the most experienced cancer centers in the world, welcomes Director of Medical Oncology, C.K. Wang, M.D., to the team. Having served as Director of Oncology Services at Wise Regional Health System, Dr. Wang, a Dallas native, brings a wealth of oncology experience to the USMD Cancer Center, with an enhanced focus on prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancers. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology.

“I’m thrilled to join such a well respected team of physicians,” says Dr. Wang. “It is evident that USMD Cancer Center is highly focused on providing groundbreaking treatment options coupled with exceptional patient care.”

The addition of Dr. Wang expands the integrated cancer treatment options available at USMD Hospital in Arlington by providing a medical oncology department to compliment the TrueBeam radiology and DaVinci robotic surgical treatments currently available to cancer patients.  These modalities of treatment, combined with state-of-the-art imaging and pathology capabilities, make the USMD Cancer Center one of the most comprehensive treatment centers in the nation.   

At USMD Cancer Center, we strive for integrated treatment and are excited to enhance our medical oncology department to offer our patients comprehensive cancer treatment. Dr. Wang is a highly sought medical oncologist. With the addition of Dr. Wang to the USMD Cancer Center team, we continue to expand our treatment offerings to cancer patients.

C.K. Wang, M.D., joins the USMD Cancer Center in early April. For more information, please call 1-888-776-7828 or visit

Baseball President has prostate cancer

Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall has prostate cancer, and he has made his condition public to help others realize the importance of early detection. The 42-year-old executive said he underwent a biopsy last Wednesday and that he was "leaning very strongly" toward the option of surgery. He said he wanted to wait until after the baseball season to undergo the operation, probably sometime in November.

Possible Pesticide Exposure and Prostate Cancer

A USC study looking at a possible link between pesticide exposure and prostate cancer has struck a nerve locally. The research was done in the valley and the results have produced strong reactions. No matter where you may live in the Valley you're never too far from farmland... or plots where pesticides are used. Researchers with the USC study interviewed 335 older men in the Valley. None of them worked in the fields but more than half the group had prostate cancer. Read More

Screening Can Help In Early Detection of Prostate Cancer

The grocery stores won't throw specially colored totes onto the bagging carousel. You won't see thousands of people running together to raise money for research. And you probably won't see any T-shirts with clever slogans promoting screening. But prostate cancer affects more people than breast cancer does: One in six men will get prostate cancer, compared with one in eight women who get breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 241,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Read More

J & J Prostate Cancer Drug Approved European OK

European regulators have approved the Johnson & Johnson pill Zytiga as a treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer who have already undergone chemotherapy. Zytiga, which was approved in the United States in April, is designed to target a protein that plays an important role in making testosterone, thereby reducing production of the hormone, which can fuel tumor growth. Read More

Events at USMD Prostate Cancer Center

October 6th, 2011

USMD PCC Open House Wrap-Up

We are excited about another successful USMD Prostate Cancer Center Open House! Saturday, September 24, we had our biggest turnout in the history of USMD Prostate Cancer Center to celebrate our third annual Open House. USMD Prostate Cancer Center spokesperson, Hall-of-Famer Bob Lilly, was on-hand, signing autographs and taking photos with fans and patients. DFW radio personality Jody Dean paid us a visit as well.

USMD Prostate Cancer Center surgeons led attendees on tours of our central facility in south Arlington on the campus of USMD Hospital. Visitors could even enjoy a hands-on experience with the daVinci robot! This is always such a great event, and we look forward to another fun, entertaining and educational Open House next year!


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