Why choose us for prostate cancer care?
Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers a leading prostate cancer care program centered on men’s needs.
Our nationally recognized cancer team treats prostate cancer using the latest science and promising cancer therapies. We use cutting-edge therapies and follow high standards. But every cancer, just like every person, is unique. We provide expert guidance while ensuring you’re in control of your treatment decisions.
What you need to know about prostate cancer
- The prostate is a small gland located under the bladder. Part of the male reproductive system, it helps produce semen and protects sperm.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer that affects men today. It is a kind of genitourinary (GU) cancer. See why so many men seek out our nationally renowned genitourinary cancer program for second opinions on prostate cancer care.
- Knowing when or how to get screened for prostate cancer can be confusing. You can trust our experts to assess your prostate cancer risk using special tools developed right here in San Antonio. We’ll help you decide the screening approach that fits your needs. Learn more about cancer prevention and screenings.
- Not all prostate cancers pose the same threat to your health. We use new biomarkers to better predict how cancers will act. That means we can provide more options to men who have increased risk of prostate cancer.
- You may wonder how treatment side effects will affect your life. Our team will talk you through all your options and find a treatment plan that feels right for you.
- Other centers in South Texas regularly refer difficult cases to us for our uncommon expertise. Our surgeons perform intricate nerve-sparing surgery. This procedure effectively treats prostate cancer while minimizing side effects on urinary and sexual function.
How to talk to your doctor about prostate cancer
Hearing you have prostate cancer can be unsettling and confusing. At Mays Cancer Center, you have a team of leading experts by your side.
Your concerns and desires are at the center of the cancer treatment process. We explain everything you need to know about how prostate cancer and different treatments could affect your life, now and in the future.
We encourage you to bring every question and concern to our attention (even uncomfortable topics). Your quality of life matters to us.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Further testing you may need to pinpoint your diagnosis or guide treatment recommendations
- Cancer stage, including the size of a tumor and whether prostate cancer has spread (or could come back in the future)
- Treatment options, including any clinical trials for which you may be eligible
- Side effects of treatment and whether nerve-sparing surgery may help you preserve sexual function
- Support to help you live life to the fullest after prostate cancer treatment
Prostate cancers develop inside cells of the prostate gland. These cancers are usually called adenocarcinomas. They make up the vast majority of prostate cancers.
Not all prostate cancer acts the same way. Some cancers grow fast and spread to other organs quickly. Other cancers grow very slowly and may never pose a serious threat to your health.