The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men. It surrounds the urethra. The prostate makes a fluid that is part of semen. Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the prostate gland.
Do You Have Prostate Cancer?
Watch for these symptoms:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Not able to urinate
- Weak or interrupted urine flow
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
You'll need to get an exam to find out the source of these issues. Your provider will use blood and urine tests and possibly biopsy or ultrasound to make a diagnosis.
Common Cancer for Older Men
Urologist Noah Schenkman, MD, discusses the symptoms and treatments of prostate cancer. View prostate cancer transcript.
You may wait for treatment if you:
- Have early stage prostate cancer that is growing slowly
- Are of an advanced age
- Have serious health problems (risks of treatment outweigh the benefits)
We offer several cancer treatments and high-tech prostate services at UVA.