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Newly Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer: A Guide

“What do I do next?” is usually the first thing a man diagnosed with prostate cancer thinks about. There are several actions you should and should not take if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here are some tips for a man newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. A guide to handling your fears, questions, and treatment options.

Ask Lots Of Questions

Find out what stage your cancer is. This will help ease your mind a bit and decide what is to come.

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Read what you can about prostate cancer. Ask your physician if your particular cancer is an aggressive one. Also ask whether you need to have additional imaging tests.

It is possible you may require one of the following:

  • An MRI fusion biopsy, which defines more accurately the stage of your cancer
  • A computed tomography scan (CT scan)
  • A magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI scan)
  • A positron electronic topography scan (PET scan)

Since prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, there is quite a bit of information available online and from Dr. Steven Gange.

Educating yourself will help you to make prudent decisions.

Discuss And Evaluate Treatment

Ask about all treatment options available. See which treatments are best for your particular case.

In some cases a watch and wait strategy known as active surveillance may be suggested in which follow up appointments are made to track the tumor.

If Dr. Steven Gange recommends a treatment, ask about any side effects. Carefully consider the benefits versus the side effects of any treatment option before making a decision.

Find An Experienced Urologist

Once you have been diagnosed, it is essential to find a urologist like Dr. Steven Gange in Salt Lake City who is experienced with prostate cancer. Get recommendations from your primary care physician, and choose someone you will be comfortable with.

Contact Dr. Steven Gange at (801) 993-1800, or request an appointment online, if you have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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I have seen Dr. Gange for a number of years and developed the typical symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate. During my annual urologist visit, Dr. Gange laid out my options. After doing some personal research, I elected to have the Urolift procedure performed by Dr. Gange on an outpatient basis.

The procedure was uncomfortable but not particularly painful compared to other surgeries I have had. Recovery was relatively quick and I was back at work after two days of rest.

I did experience some significant discomfort associated with urination but was counseled that I was not drinking enough water. Once I increased my consumption of water, most of the discomfort went away and I was back to normal after about two weeks.

In the wake of the surgery, the urgency to urinate has gone away. The interval between trips to the bathroom has lengthened significantly such that I usually get up to urinate only once each night and sometimes not at all.

Having talked with others who have had more drastic prostate surgery, I feel that the Urolift procedure was much less stressful and the results were as hoped for.