Prostate cancer care in Nashville, Tennessee
Prostate cancer is common, affecting one out of every nine men in the U.S. Throughout the TriStar Health network of hospitals, our multidisciplinary team of medical experts are dedicated to combating this statistic. We work together to accurately diagnose and treat prostate cancer.
For more information about our prostate cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (615) 514-2401.
The prostate is a gland of the male reproductive system that sits in front of the rectum and below the bladder. It surrounds a section of the urethra, helping produce semen and nourish sperm. When the part of the prostate surrounding the urethra continues to grow, it can lead to an enlargement of the prostate (prostatic hyperplasia) or prostate cancer.
Risk of prostate cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, there are approximately 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer each year. This disease is more likely to develop in older men (about six out of 10 cases are diagnosed in men who are 65 years old or older) and those of African-American descent.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
As prostate cancer progresses, patients may experience:
- Changes in urination (more frequent, weak or interrupted urine flow)
- Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
- Erectile dysfunction
- Discomfort or pain when sitting
- Back, hip, thigh or shoulder pain
- Changes in bowel habits
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your primary care doctor as soon as possible.
Prostate cancer screening
Screening tests are the most effective way to detect prostate cancer in men 50 years old and older. Your doctor may also administer the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a rectal exam or a minimally invasive diagnostic imaging procedure.
Prostate cancer treatment
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to talk to your doctor about what treatment options are available to you.
Treatment plans are not "one size fits all" and take many factors into consideration, such as the stage and grade of your cancer, your age, other health conditions and potential side effects.
Prostate cancer can be treated using:
Support for patients with prostate cancer
No matter where you are in your cancer journey, whether you have recently been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment or have recovered, you need support. We offer prostate cancer patients access to cancer support groups throughout the Greater Nashville area.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
As 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 (615) 514-2401 or chat online at askSARAHnow.