There are a variety of treatment options available to patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here at UCLA, the course of treatment is individualized to each patient’s cancer grade and stage as well as current state of health. The management of prostate cancer requires extensive collaboration. The Institute of Urologic Oncology at UCLA and the Department of Urology’s long-standing Prostate Cancer Program have a multi-disciplinary team that specializes in prostate cancer treatment and offers a number of innovative options, including precision medicine that uses genomic testing and advanced biopsy techniques to guide treatment decisions in metastatic and castration resistant forms of prostate cancer. Bi-weekly conferences are held and attended by specialists including urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and clinical trial nurses. This provides a forum with diverse, specialized perspectives for deciding upon the best option for each individual patient.
The UCLA Prostate Cancer Program offers a broad range of innovative diagnostic and treatment options to patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, including:
The Institute of Urologic Oncology – Integrated Cancer Program provides newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients the opportunity to meet with renowned cancer specialists at UCLA – in the fields of Urologic Oncology and Radiation Oncology - on the same day in the same clinic.
The UCLA Genitourinary Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment Program focuses on investigation into the potential genetic causes of an individual’s urologic cancer. Up to 5-10% of cancers are related to a genetic predisposition. If you have been diagnosed with a urologic cancer, UCLA’s team has specific referral criteria to determine if you should pursue genetic risk assessment to evaluate for a genetic cause of cancer. For those at greatest risk, often this knowledge can more precisely tailor a treatment plan that is optimal for you.
When you have prostate cancer surgery or prostate cancer radiation treatment the muscles that help you control your urine flow may be weakened. The good news is that there is a simple exercise called a Kegel exercise that you can do to help strengthen your muscles.
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At UCLA, we have an excellent support structure to help patients before, during, and after your prostate cancer surgery. In addition to our surgical team, an internal medicine hospitalist service routinely follows all our prostate cancer patients following surgery and is available to see patients before surgery to get acquainted with some of our more complicated cases. We have well-trained nurses on the ward and intensive care unit, a pain service team headed by anesthesiologists, stoma nurses, social workers, physical therapists, and nutritionists.
For more information about prostate cancer treatment in Los Angeles and to make an appointment with a UCLA prostate cancer specialist, call 310-794-7700.