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The ground-breaking treatments helping Kansas Citians diagnosed with prostate cancer

The experts at The University of Kansas Cancer Center are on hand to help those facing a prostate cancer diagnosis.

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A patient undergoes Clinical Proton Treatment at The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Not all prostate cancers are the same, which means there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach for treatment.

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Did you know? About one in eight US men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the US. But when it’s detected and diagnosed early, it is one of the most curable cancers.

While getting a cancer diagnosis is never easy, we have a great resource right in our backyard: The University of Kansas Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center (and one of just 54 in the nation).

Comprised of the nation’s leading experts on prostate cancer, the center’s specialists work together to offer the most advanced prostate cancer care for improved outcomes and quality of life.

So, what does that look like? We’re glad you asked.

A world-renowned team of experts

Because of prostate cancer’s complexities, it can easily be missed or misdiagnosed, especially by a physician who might not specifically specialize in it. But when a team is subspecialized (read: concentrated on one disease only), they are able to focus only on you.

With the center’s multidisciplinary, fully subspecialized prostate cancer team of urologic, radiation, and medical oncologists, as well as radiologists and pathologists, patients receive the best possible care and can achieve the best outcomes.

a man and a woman smile outside

When we detect prostate cancer early, treatment can result in a cure for up to 90% of men.

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Innovative, comprehensive treatment options

The University of Kansas Cancer Center offers every standard treatment option for every stage of prostate cancer. Some of the most innovative treatment options are offered to Kansans, including:

  • Proton Therapy
  • Brachytherapy using radioactive seeds to deliver the radiation
  • Retzius-sparing prostatectomy to remove the prostate in a less invasive way and reduce side effects
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (a one-week treatment for early prostate cancer)
  • Clinical Trials for any stage
  • Genomic testing, to determine which treatment would be most beneficial to you
  • Pluvicto for metastatic disease
  • Salvage treatment options for the 30-40% of men who have their cancer return at some point after treatment

Bonus: Dr. Will Parker has performed more robotic prostatectomies (1000+) than anyone in our region. And Dr. Ronald Chen, chair of radiation oncology, is one of the nation’s leading experts in prostate cancer. He’s written textbooks on prostate cancer and on stereotactic body radiotherapy.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, get a second opinion at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Learn more about the center or call nurse navigation at (913) 588-1227 to make an appointment.

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