If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are many decisions to make, including which types of treatment are right for you and when to begin. Since prostate cancer is often slow-growing, most men have time to consider their options for treatment and the pros and cons of those treatments. It also gives time to schedule a second opinion appointment after receiving the first recommended treatment plan.
Compass Oncology has a team of prostate cancer specialists ready to support you. With a multidisciplinary approach, we coordinate expert and compassionate care for patients in the Portland and Vancouver metro area.
More than likely, you received your prostate cancer diagnosis from a urologist. It is common for most urologists to treat prostate cancer using surgery. However, that can come with some unwanted side effects that are not reversible. It may be a good idea to talk to a prostate cancer specialist about the advanced methods of treatment available through a cancer center.
Men with prostate cancer may find it helpful to meet with an oncologist before receiving any treatment, including prostate cancer surgery. In many cases, men can avoid or delay prostate removal surgery.
If you've had prostate removal surgery, or if surgery is a part of your treatment, other cancer treatments may be used to keep prostate cancer from returning. Consulting with an oncologist specializing in prostate cancer can help you understand what to expect regarding your treatment plan, side effects, and overall care.
Treatment recommendations are based on several factors, including staging information, the grade of the tumor (determined from the Gleason score), the patient’s age, and whether you're healthy enough to go through the treatments.
Your prostate cancer specialist can describe your treatment choices and what to expect from each. They will develop a treatment plan with the correct timing for each treatment to meet your medical and personal needs.
Common prostate cancer treatments include:
With a multidisciplinary approach, your prostate cancer care team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, cancer surgeons, and other specialists who will assist in treating the side effects of prostate cancer or treatments.
Aside from your oncologists, your care team includes social workers, dietitians, palliative care experts, survivorship counselors, and patient benefits representatives.
Compass Oncology is committed to providing patients with personalized treatment options through prostate cancer clinical trials. This allows our patients access to the latest technologies and the newest prostate cancer treatments.
The care team at Compass Oncology are experts and trusted leaders in prostate cancer. Our support teams and medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and surgical oncologists collaborate to provide a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, areas.
Compass Oncology medical oncologists recommend and manage cancer treatment plans, evaluate progress, and collaborate with the rest of the team to determine the best course of treatment for each patient’s prostate cancer. They consider patient preferences and offer medical guidance to help them make decisions during the course of prostate cancer treatment.
For some prostate cancer patients, part of the treatment plan may include radiation therapy. This is planned and administered by a radiation oncologist. At Compass Oncology, the radiation oncologists and medical oncologists work together to treat each patient.
Our cancer nurse navigators offer you guidance from a cancer diagnosis through treatment. They work with oncology nurses, social workers, and patient benefits representatives and serve as care coordinator who assesses the needs of our patients to develop an education plan, coordinate resources, and provide support. This greatly lessens the stress of treatment and improves the patient experience.
Compass Oncology prostate cancer patients can receive the support they need right from the beginning. Our Compass Survivorship Program helps educate patients about their cancer, which can make navigating the treatment journey, now and after it ends, a little easier. A personalized approach with one-on-one visits allows time to help improve each patient's well-being, manage issues with intimacy as a result of cancer or treatment, and make follow-up plans to monitor health.