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Austin CyberKnife: Prostate Cancer Screenings

Austin CyberKnife, a department of University Medical Center Brackenridge, treats patients with a nonsurgical method called stereotactic radiosurgery. Learn more about the treatment process and call (512) 324-8060 to find out if CyberKnife® treatment is right for you.

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Austin CyberKnife: Prostate Cancer Screenings

  1. 1. PROSTATE CANCER SCREENINGS What to know about getting screened for prostate cancer. 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com
  2. 2. Cancer Screenings Screening tests look for cancer in people who do not have any symptoms. Screenings can help find cancer at an early stage, which makes it easier to treat. If a doctor suggests a screening test, he or she does not necessarily think you have cancer. ! Please note: We encourage consumers to thoroughly review and understand all treatment options. The information presented here is not all-inclusive. Rather, it represents a starting point to learn more about medical conditions and treatment options. This is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Contact your professional healthcare provider to find out if CyberKnife treatment is right for you. 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com
  3. 3. Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines ! There are a number of factors that may qualify a patient for prostate cancer screening: • Age - Generally over the age of 50 • Race - African-American men have a higher risk for unknown reasons. • Nationality - Asian men, for example, have a lower risk. • Diet - Red meat and dairy products tend to increase risk. • Lack of exercise • Family history of prostate cancer 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com The American Urological Association (AUA) recommends that men ages 55 to 69 discuss the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening with their doctors.
  4. 4. Types of Prostate Cancer Screenings Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) A DRE is a physical rectal exam given by a doctor or nurse who is feeling the prostate for lumps, abnormal size, or anything else that seems unusual. ! Prostate-specific Antigen Test (PSA) Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced exclusively by prostate cells. A blood test is performed to measure your PSA level and this may help to detect early prostate cancer. The chance of having prostate cancer goes up as your PSA level increases. However, a PSA level of ≥ 4 ng/ml does not automatically mean you have cancer. An elevated level can also be due to other conditions, such as benign enlargement of the prostate (BPH), a urinary tract infection or a prostate infection. ! If the doctor suspects prostate cancer, a biopsy of the prostate may be done. Then treatment options will be thoroughly discussed. 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com
  5. 5. 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com
  6. 6. Our Center 1400 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 324-8060 AustinCyberKnife.com Read Our Blog! Connect with us! Austin CyberKnife is a department of University Medical Center Brackenridge, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family. It was the first in the central Texas region to offer CyberKnife treatment, giving our physicians the most experience treating patients with this technology in the area. Medical Director: Dr. Doug Rivera Medical Physicist: Jim Hevezi, PhD

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