St. Mary's Medical Center
Cancer Centers of Colorado
750 Wellington Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Prostate cancer is one of the most common – and treatable – forms of cancer among men, especially when caught early. In fact, thanks to improvements in prevention, early detection and treatment, over two million men in the U.S. are survivors of prostate cancer. You can trust us for education, early detection and screening, genetic risk factor assessment and next steps after a diagnosis.
When you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, every day counts. We help you review and understand your options quickly. Our compassionate care team provides in-depth expertise, and your nurse navigator will be with you every step of the way so you can begin treatment within days after cancer is detected.
Prostate cancer detection and diagnosis
Sometimes the first sign of prostate cancer is an abnormal finding during your annual preventive care visit. It’s possible, however, that you will notice symptoms first and need to contact your doctor about them. Possible signs of prostate cancer include problems urinating, (such as a slow or weak urinary stream or the need to urinate more often, especially at night), blood in the urine or semen and difficulty getting an erection.
If prostate cancer is suspected, your doctor will order a biopsy to confirm the cancer diagnosis. A pathologist, a doctor who specializes in diagnosing disease, will look at your cell samples to identify the presence of prostate cancer. If prostate cancer is confirmed, your doctor will order imaging tests to allow your cancer care team to better understand your condition and recommend the most effective, personalized course of treatment.
Read about our imaging services.
Innovative techniques and technologies offered
We target prostate cancer with some of the most advanced treatments and technology available. In the hands of our experts, tools such as these can lead to optimal results and improved survival rates:
- Brachytherapy seed implants – A surgical procedure where doctors place tiny radioactive pellets inside the prostate.
- da Vinci® robot – A robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. This system enables surgeons to make smaller, more precise movements with tiny instruments inside your body, which can help you heal more quickly.
- MarginProbe® – An innovative technology that allows surgeons to detect and remove microscopic cancer cells while still in surgery, thereby reducing the need for additional operations.
- SpaceOAR - An implantable hydrogel used to minimize side effects of treatment.
- TrueBeam™– A medical device that delivers a radiation beam to target the cancer growth while exposing healthy cells to minimal radiation. No incisions are made; the noninvasive device rotates around the patient, delivering the radiation dose from different angles.
You will need to call your local hospital to learn which of these options are available in your area.