Prostate cancer specialists in Ocala, Florida
At Ocala Health, our trained oncologists offer a variety of prostate cancer treatments in Ocala, Florida. We work together with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, to provide patient-focused care every step of the way with early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
For more information about prostate cancer services at Ocala Health, please call askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAH.
Early detection of prostate cancer
The prostate is a male reproductive gland that produces a fluid found in semen. Located below the bladder and in front of the rectum, the prostate surrounds the urethra—the tube that empties urine from the bladder.
One of the most common urologic conditions we screen for in men is prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland and may spread to surrounding internal structures. Part of our cancer care is early detection so our oncologists can provide the appropriate course of treatment.
Although most men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, physicians can find prostate cancer during a regular checkup. This is done using a combination of a blood test called a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a digital rectal exam (DRE).
Prostate cancer treatment
With the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, there is usually a range of treatment options. These may include conservative management, radiation therapy with either external bream therapy or brachytherapy therapy, cryosurgery and/or prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate. Your treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including the stage of the disease, your age and health or personal preference.
The gold standard treatment option for men 70 years old and younger with early-stage, organ-confined prostate cancer is radical prostatectomy. A radical prostatectomy removes the prostate and its surrounding tissues but spares the nerves.
The primary goal of prostatectomy is removal of the cancer. A secondary goal is to preserve urinary function and—when applicable—erectile function. Preservation of the nerves necessary for erections can be an extremely important goal for patients. These nerves run alongside the prostate and are often damaged when removing the prostate. A nerve-sparing prostatectomy attempts to preserve these nerves so that the patient may be able to return to his prior erectile function.
Types of prostatectomy include:
- Traditional open surgery
- Conventional laparoscopic surgery
Prostate cancer surgery has evolved to offer shorter recovery times, less blood loss and less risk for complications. Traditionally, an open procedure would be used. Using this approach, your surgeon would make an 8- to 10-inch incision to access the prostate. This approach often results in substantial blood loss, a lengthy, uncomfortable recovery and a risk of impotence and incontinence.
Surgeons can also use conventional laparoscopy. This approach uses specialized surgical camera and rigid instruments to access and remove the prostate with a series of small incisions. This approach provides your surgeon with better visualization than an open approach. In addition, it provides patients the benefits of a minimally invasive procedure.
Despite these advantages, conventional laparoscopy relies on rigid instruments and standard 2D video, technical limitations that can be challenging for the surgeon.
Robot-assisted prostatectomy enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions. Recent studies suggest that this procedure may offer improved control of cancer and a faster return to potency and continence.
Benefits of robotic prostate surgery include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal daily activities
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Ocala Health is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (844) 482-4812 or chat online at askSARAH.