Our team will provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to meet your unique healthcare needs.
In addition to innovative clinical therapies to treat prostate cancer, Miami Cancer Institute’s Cancer Patient Support Center offers patients and families a wide range of supportive services, from financial planning to support groups to spiritual counseling.
Expert Prostate Cancer Care
Marcio Fagundes, M.D., a Board-certified radiation oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute, has extensive experience using proton therapy to treat prostate cancer. Proton therapy is the most advanced cancer treatment in the world. It delivers high radiation doses directly into the tumor, sparing nearby healthy tissue and vital organs. Dr. Fagundes also has conducted significant research to investigate the advantages of using proton therapy to treat prostate cancer.
Dr. Fagundes works alongside the Institute’s deputy director and chief of Radiation Oncology, Minesh Mehta, M.D. Dr. Mehta is a widely renowned expert in radiation oncology and proton therapy whose broad experience and innovative cancer research have led to significant advances in the treatment of cancer.
About Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate, a male gland just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in this country. A man in the U.S. has a one in five chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
If diagnosed early, prostate cancer has a good chance for successful treatment. In some cases, prostate cancer does not pose a significant threat to a man’s life and can be observed cautiously instead of treated immediately.
Prostate Cancer Risk Factors
Most men who develop prostate cancer are over age 50, and about two of every three prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over age 65. African-American men are nearly twice as likely as Caucasian men to be diagnosed with the disease. Eating a diet high in fats, particularly animal fats, and having a family history of prostate cancer, especially involving a father, brother or son, raises your risk.
Some healthy lifestyle habits may help lower your risk of prostate cancer. These include eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, eating less red meat, decreasing fat intake, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
While many men with prostate cancer have no symptoms, some patients may experience the following:
- Frequent need to urinate
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination.
- Weak or interrupted urine flow.
- Leaking urine when laughing or coughing.
- Painful or burning urination.
- Blood in the urine or semen.
- Dull pain or stiffness in the lower back, ribs or upper thighs.
- Swelling, weakness or numbness in the lower extremities.
- Difficulty having an erection.