According to the American Cancer Society, about one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Staying aware of risk factors and symptoms and maintaining a regular checkup schedule with a primary care doctor are key to staying healthy.
- Age: Prostate cancer risk rises rapidly after the age of 50, and is most often diagnosed in men older than 65.
- Race/Ethnicity: Prostate cancer is more common among men with an African heritage.
- Family History: Men with a family history of prostate cancer are urged to begin screenings by the age of 45.
What are some of the symptoms?
Early prostate cancer: Usually causes no symptoms, but can be identified by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in a man's blood or through a digital rectal exam (DRE).
Advanced cancer symptoms: Problems urinating, blood in urine or semen, trouble getting an erection, pain in hips, back, spine, chest, or other areas if the cancer has spread.
What are some of the latest treatment options for prostate cancer?
Patients with moderate prostate cancer are treated with two temporary radiation implants. Also known as HDR or temporary implants, each procedure is done over the course of one morning/early afternoon. The patient leaves the clinic following the implant without any radiation remaining in their prostate (unlike permanent implants), so they recover more quickly and there is no radiation exposure to their families.
For more advanced disease, patients can be treated with external daily radiation and HDR/temporary implants in combination.
What services does Atlanta Oncology Associates provide for men with prostate cancer?
Atlanta Oncology Associates, a division of American Professional Associates, has been treating and curing men with prostate cancer for more than 40 years. We are a recognized leader in the Atlanta metro region in prostate cancer technology and expertise. This commitment to quality care benefits our patients through a range of innovative treatment options, not a "one size fits all" approach.
MARK W. MCCORD, MD
Dr. McCord is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiology, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Gilbert Fletcher Society. Dr. McCord has been named as one of Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors for 2016. Physician selection to this honor is peer review.
He resides in Alpharetta with his wife, Rachel and sons, Jacob and Noah. He enjoys hiking and camping with his sons and retrievers, Sophie and Ariel. He is a fan of Vanderbilt (his college), sports. His wife is a children's librarian now active in support of the local library system, and they both are avid readers.
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