Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

Published data suggests that one of the most important factors in treating prostate cancer is early diagnosis and accurate treatment by experienced surgeons. Dr Anantha Krishnan one of the most experienced teams for urologic cancer, demonstrating our commitment to providing our patients with world-class health care and the most effective treatment options available today.

Before a treatment plan is determined, however, it is important to understand the disease and to research all the options available.

It is recommended that all men over the age of 40 should undergo an annual prostate cancer screening, comprised of a simple blood test - the Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA), and a digital rectal exam.

If you have a symptom or test result that suggests cancer, your doctor must find out whether it is due to cancer or to some other cause. Your doctor will ask about your personal and family medical history, and you’ll most likely have a physical exam as well as lab tests. Your visit may include a digital rectal exam, a urine test to check for blood or infection, and a blood test to measure the Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) level. It is important to remember, however, that PSA can be elevated in men for a variety of reasons, and a definitive diagnosis of prostate cancer can only be achieved by biopsy of the prostate.