Prostate Cancer

Abbey Gaske, MD -  - Urologist

Abbey Gaske, MD

Urologist located in South Bay, Torrance, CA

Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in American men, and early detection is key for effective treatment. In Torrance, California, Abbey Gaske, MD, provides men in her care with the most innovative and cutting-edge prostate cancer testing and treatment options available in Los Angeles’ South Bay. For personalized urology care in a relaxed and comfortable environment, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

What is prostate cancer?

A man’s prostate gland is below the bladder and helps to produce semen. Prostate cancer occurs when cancerous cells grow in this walnut-shaped organ. When detected early, most prostate cancers respond to treatment.

All men are at risk of getting prostate cancer, but your chances are higher once you reach 50, and they continue to increase after that. Additional factors, like having a family history of prostate cancer, being overweight or obese, or being African-American, also increase your chances of this disease.

Having an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), doesn’t mean you have prostate cancer.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

The earliest stages of prostate cancer don’t cause symptoms. As to your cancer advances, symptoms generally include:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • A weak urine stream
  • Blood in your semen
  • Pain or discomfort in your pelvis
  • Bone pain

To ensure early diagnosis and decrease the risk of developing advanced prostate cancer, Dr. Gaske offers in-office prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing in addition to a digital rectal exam (DRE).

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Dr. Gaske uses the most innovative and advanced diagnostic tools available for prostate cancer screening and diagnosis. First steps include PSA blood tests and DREs.

Prostate-specific antigen blood tests

Dr. Gaske uses this test to look for risks of prostate cancer in the future, detect if the disease is currently present and to watch your condition throughout treatment.

Digital rectal exams

During a DRE, Dr. Gaske inserts a finger in your rectum to check your prostate for irregularities like soft or hard spots, or lumps.

Depending on the results of your PSA and DRE, Dr. Gaske might suggest additional studies like an ultrasound, MRI or biopsy.

How is prostate cancer treated?

Dr. Gaske outlines a prostate cancer treatment strategy based on your diagnosis, overall health, and the severity of your cancer. She may recommend:

  • Monitoring your condition to see if the cancer progresses
  • Hormone therapy to block the production of testosterone
  • Radiation therapy using high-energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells
  • Surgical treatments that include minimally invasive laparoscopic or robot-assisted approaches or traditional large incision techniques.

To learn more, call Abbey Gaske, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.