Alex Lesani, MD
Robotic Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for men and often is perfectly treatable, allowing for a full recovery. With that said, it’s important to catch cancer of the prostate early to optimize chances of medical treatment success. It’s also imperative to receive the best prostate cancer care, especially if you require surgery, and that’s why patients visit Dr. Alex Lesani, MD, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the only urologist in Southern Nevada who is trained in minimally invasive urological surgery, providing a faster recovery time and a lower risk of complications. If you think you might be at risk for prostate cancer or have experienced curious symptoms in your pelvic region, call to schedule your consultation today or book your appointment online.
Prostate Cancer Q & A
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer carries very few warning signals in the early stages of development. It isn’t until the disease becomes more advanced that symptoms become noticeable. Symptoms may include:
- Trouble urinating, including changes to your urine stream
- Erectile dysfunction
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Pain or discomfort in your pelvic area, or its surrounding bones
- Pain or pressure in the rectum
- Pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, thighs, or pelvis
What causes prostate cancer?
Unlike some other types of cancer, such as lung cancer, prostate cancer doesn’t yet have a discernible contributing cause. Current studies do show a few factors that can increase your risk for prostate cancer:
As you get older, your risk for prostate cancer increases.
Black men are not only more likely to suffer from prostate cancer but also experience a more aggressive form of the disease.
If anyone in your family has a history of prostate cancer, your own risk increases. Additionally, a family history of breast cancer can also increase your risk of prostate cancer.
How is prostate cancer treated?
Prostate cancer ranges in seriousness and in some cases may not need treatment at all. Depending on the severity of your diagnosis, Dr. Lesani recommends one of a few treatment options:
In cases where your prostate cancer is very mild or constrained to a small area of the prostate, Dr. Lesani might recommend active surveillance of the area. Regular checkups, occasional blood work, and rectal exams help monitor whether your prostate cancer needs further treatment.
Dr. Lesani often recommends surgery in combination with other treatment options, but in some cases, surgical removal of the prostate gland alone removes further risk associated with the disease.
Dr. Lesani performs prostate cancer treatment with the da Vinci® robotic surgery system and his expertise with the machine has earned him international accolades and invitations to share this technique.
Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy
A common treatment option for cancers, Dr. Lesani recommends chemotherapy or radiation therapy to kill cancer cells within the prostate gland, as well as those cells that may have spread elsewhere in your body.
Medications that prevent your body from producing testosterone can help slow progression of prostate cancer or even shrink the tumor. These medications are typically prescribed in conjunction with other treatment options, such as surgery or radiation therapy.
If you need help with prostate cancer, don’t settle for treatment from just any urologist--you deserve the best care available. Dr. Alex Lesani, MD, has the most experience with robotic surgery in Southern Nevada and has treated the most patients successfully. To schedule a consultation, call his office or book an appointment online.