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Prostate Cancer

UC San Diego Health is recognized for its excellence in prostate cancer treatment.

With experts in all fields of cancer medicine and advanced technologies, we offer diagnostic and treatment approaches that you won't find anywhere else in San Diego, including a multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic for men with advanced or aggressive prostate cancer.

The Best Cancer Care in San Diego

UC San Diego Health is home to the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego. Patient outcomes are better at these special centers. We also offer new prostate cancer treatments through participation in a clinical trial. Our cancer services were also ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report in 2020.

Prostate Cancer Screening and Diagnostics

Most prostate cancers are slow growing. Many men may never need treatment. Prostate cancer is also the second most deadly cancer for men in the U.S. For any aggressive cancer, early detection is the key to successful treatment.

Our experts can help you navigate the complexities of prostate cancer screening and treatment. We offer:

  • Advanced PSA testing
  • 3T MRI with twice the resolution of standard MRI machines for more accurate imaging of prostate tumors
  • The region's only MRI-directed targeted biopsies for more accurate tumor sampling
  • Pathologists with sub-specialty expertise in grading and staging urologic cancers for a more accurate diagnosis
  • Genetic testing to further evaluate your cancer risk and formulate a treatment plan

Prostate Cancer Treatments

We offer a range of treatment options that allow us to give you the best care for your cancer, and your values, including:

  • Watchful waiting (active surveillance): Our doctors protect you from overtreatment of low-risk prostate cancer. Your cancer may be carefully monitoring instead of actively treated.
  • Robotically assisted surgery: We were pioneers in developing minimally invasive, robotically assisted techniques to surgically remove prostate cancer. Today, we are a high-volume center for these highly effective surgeries.
  • Radiation therapy: Our radiation oncologists offer all types of radiation therapy for prostate cancer to precisely target cancer cells while protecting healthy tissue, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, low dose rate brachytherapy and proton therapy.
  • Hormone therapy, chemotherapy or immunotherapy for reoccurring or metastatic prostate cancer. Men with advanced cancer have more treatment options at UC San Diego Health.
  • Genomic therapies: We have a Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy, dedicated to revolutionizing how cancers are treated.
  • Cryotherapy: This minimally invasive treatment involves freezing cancer cells. It is an option for select men with low-risk cancer.

A Team of Experts for Every Patient

At UC San Diego Health, your prostate cancer care team includes surgeons, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists with expertise in urologic cancers. This means that all aspects of your care are informed and directed by providers with training, knowledge and familiarity with your cancer. This level of sub-specialty expertise is a hallmark of top-tier academic medical centers such as UC San Diego Health. It distinguishes our care from others. In addition, our urologic cancer specialists meet regularly as part of a Molecular Tumor Board to collaboratively review patient cases and jointly decide on the best care.

State-of-the-Art Facility

Most of our urologic cancer services are located within the state-of-the-art Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion in La Jolla, which opened in 2018.

Clinical Trials for the Most Promising New Treatments

As part of a research-intensive medical center, we offer patients early access to the most promising investigational treatments through participation in a clinical trial. No other hospital system in San Diego has more opportunities to receive potentially lifesaving new and novel cancer treatments.

Support Services for Whole-Person Care

Our cancer care goes beyond providing you with the best available treatment options. We offer complementary therapies and services such as nutritional counseling and support groups and classes. Our psychosocial support team can help address the emotional challenges that may accompany a prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.