An Informed Approach to Prostate Cancer Care
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in America, and there are many ways to manage it. If it happens to you, you want to be sure you receive information and can communicate effectively with your care team to develop the best approach to meet your medical needs and personal preferences. At NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, we are deeply committed to providing you with comprehensive, personal care — from screening and diagnosis to treatment and follow-up.
A Team of Experts
We will guide you as you decide whether or not to be screened. If you learn you have prostate cancer, we'll help you make decisions about further evaluation and treatment options. We manage the care of men with all stages of prostate cancer and will assemble the team of doctors that you need. You may need surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, or a combination of these treatments — or none at all, with periodic monitoring. Our dedicated staff includes urologic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, and a support team with experience caring for men with prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer Awareness and Screening Programs
In addition to your physician, our cancer screening navigator is available to provide information and help you decide whether prostate cancer screening (such as PSA testing) is right for you, and arrange for the testing desired.
Depending on your personal or family history, you may be at higher risk for prostate cancer, and this may influence your decision to be screened for prostate and other cancers. Genetic counselors are specially trained to assess your history and make recommendations about genetic testing. We offer these services on site.
Our prostate cancer surgical team is experienced in performing the latest prostate cancer procedures, including nerve-sparing prostatectomy and nerve transplant surgery, minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery to remove the prostate, and cryosurgery (the application of freezing temperatures to kill cancer cells). Some of these procedures are performed at our hospital, while others may be done at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.
The Most Advanced Radiation Therapy
NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence offers image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy for prostate cancer, which aims radiation beams of different intensities from many different angles to precisely treat your tumor. Some men are candidates for hypofractionated radiation therapy, which delivers higher doses of radiation over a shorter total period of time than conventional radiation therapy (for example, three weeks versus six.) Our team includes experienced radiation oncologists, physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and radiation therapists. They tailor radiation therapy to target prostate cancer directly, sparing nearby healthy tissues and reducing your risk of side effects.
Medical Treatments for Prostate Cancer
If hormonal or other anticancer drugs are part of your treatment, you can receive therapy in our modern and comfortable Infusion Center. Working with your urologic surgeon and radiation oncologist, our disease-focused medical oncologists will devise a treatment plan that takes into the account the biology and stage of your tumor.
Access to Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are essential in the development of promising new cancer treatments. For example, a number of clinical trials are under way to evaluate potentially more effective ways to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, which can be challenging to treat using conventional means. Through our collaboration with the National Cancer Institute-designated Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, you may have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial.
We understand how a diagnosis of prostate cancer can affect your life and the lives of your loved ones. Throughout your journey, from decision-making for screening and treatment and into survivorship, we offer patient navigation to coordinate your care and address your nonmedical needs.
Planning for Your Future
Cancer care does not end with treatment, so NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence has established a Cancer Survivorship Clinical Program. Our survivorship team will serve as a bridge between your oncology and primary care teams by providing a survivorship care plan — a road map for your future health care. We also work closely with other NewYork-Presbyterian specialists in cardiology, bone health, and rehabilitation and physical therapy to address your other medical needs. We offer a monthly support group for cancer survivors, special programming, and events throughout the year.