There is no such thing as routine prostate cancer. Every man’s prostate cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each man’s specific cancer.

At the OSUCCC – James, our prostate cancer subspecialists are world-renowned cancer experts who focus solely on prostate cancer and who reach across medical disciplines (oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.

In fact, our unique Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic offers all newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients an on-site, thorough evaluation and treatment-options review with experts from urologic radiation oncology, surgical oncology and medical oncology – all on the same day – so that together, the patient and the experts can decide on the best personalized treatment option.

And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are always available for their treatment and care.

In the United States, one in every five men will get prostate cancer, with about 230,000 men diagnosed every year.

Prostate cancer occurs most often in older men, with the average age at the time of diagnosis being 65. In fact, more than 2 million men are living with the disease today.

Prostate cancer tends to grow very slowly, and almost all cases begin in the prostate gland cells, called adenocarcinomas.

The prostate gland itself is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder in front of a man's rectum. This gland is important to the male reproductive system because it’s responsible for making a thick fluid that forms part of the semen and for producing key sex hormones such as testosterone.

Prostate Cancer Anatomy

Prostate Cancer Symptoms

Prostate cancer that has just formed, or that is early in its progress, may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:

  • Weak or interrupted ("stop-and-go") flow of urine
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • Frequent urination (especially at night)
  • Trouble starting the flow of urine
  • Trouble emptying the bladder completely
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • A pain in the back, hips or pelvis that doesn't go away
  • Shortness of breath, feeling very tired, fast heartbeat, dizziness or pale skin caused by anemia

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions that affect older men.

As men age, their prostate may enlarge and cause blockage of the urethra or bladder. This condition is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, and although it is not cancer, surgery is sometimes recommended. The symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia or of other problems in the prostate may be like symptoms of prostate cancer.

But if you have symptoms, you should tell your doctor, especially if symptoms have continued for longer than a few weeks.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a prostate cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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