Prostate Cancer


Cancer that forms in tissues of the prostate (a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum). Prostate cancer usually occurs in older men. Patients with prostate cancer will be cared for the Penn's Urology Cancer Team.

The Abramson Cancer Center hosts a wide range of materials and activities that provide education and support to address key areas of concern for cancer patients and their loved ones. We are proud that many of our innovative patient education programs have been recognized by national groups, including the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Patient Education Network.

Our educational materials and support activities help people deal with the physical and emotional consequences of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They also assist patients and families to resume active lives after treatment.

Our support group meetings provide information on topics of

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Treatment Options at Penn for Prostate Cancer

There are different ways to treat prostate cancer. You will probably want to talk to different types of doctors before making a final decision. Since there haven't been enough large clinical trials that compare the different treatments, there are different views on how best to treat a particular kind of prostate cancer. Before making a decision, you should talk to a urologist and radiation oncologist who are expert in the treatment of prostate cancer. They will tell you about the benefits and risks of surgery, hormonal therapy and radiation therapy for your particular situation. If your prostate cancer has already spread at the time of diagnosis, you should also talk to a medical oncologist about chemotherapy. It is important

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The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to helping each cancer survivor find ways to enjoy life to the fullest. We have a nationally recognized program that focuses on the issues that survivors face, called "Living Well After Cancer™."

The LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, The Living Well After Cancer Program (LWAC) at the Abramson Cancer Center, directed by Linda A. Jacobs, PhD, RN, is a clinical, research, and education effort focused on early intervention and prevention of disease as the ultimate goal.

The multidisciplinary LWAC Program currently provides care and research opportunities to cancer survivors treated at Penn, the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network hospitals, and through the Living Well

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Nicholas Martell

Nicholas Martell was first diagnosed with prostate cancer more than ten years ago. He was healthy for many years after being treated with radiation therapy. Nick recently experienced a recurrence of his cancer. Physicians at Penn tailored his treatment

Focus On Prostate, Bladder, Kidney and Testicular Cancers - Get information on the latest advances in genitourinary cancer risk, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, symptom management and psychosocial issues.

Media Hub for Urologic Cancers - Watch Videos!

Penn Medicine Webchat on Prostate Cancer -- Alan J. Wein, MD, Chief of the Division of Urology and Neha Vapiwala, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center discuss recent advances in prostate cancer treatment. Learn about risk factors and treatment options.

OncoLink - Penile Cancer: The Basics

Watch Dr. David Lee perform a Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer - Be advised that the following video contains graphic material of an actual surgery, and may not be suitable for all viewers



Clinical Trials

Prostate Cancer Trials

Phase III Randomized Trial of the Role of Whole Brain Radiation Therapy in Addition to Radiosurgery... more


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