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Vanderbilt's team of specialists includes some of the best prostate cancer doctors in the world. We research, diagnose and treat prostate cancer for hundreds of men every year. We bring an expert team to offer you the best care, whether you are seeking screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery or simply a second opinion.

Vanderbilt offers a wide variety of options for treating your prostate cancer, or actively monitoring it. We work with you to create a personalized treatment strategy.

Why should you choose Vanderbilt when you're being checked or treated for prostate cancer?

A team approach to treatment

Our team includes some of the best prostate cancer doctors in the world, all in one location. That means you can meet with all the specialists working with you on one campus, often on the same day.

Vanderbilt combines high-tech care with teamwork. Our doctors include urologists; medical oncologists (cancer doctors who work with medications including chemotherapy); radiology oncologists (cancer doctors who work with radiation); surgeons (who perform operations); anesthesiologists (who manage pain); physicists (who help plan the complex prescription for radiation therapy); therapists; and pathologists (who analyze body tissue in the lab).

Studies show that most prostate cancer patients undergo the type of treatment in which their doctor specializes. But this could limit a mans options.

Vanderbilts team approach means creating the best possible strategy for dealing with your cancer. We offer a wide range of treatment options. Each has its own advantages, risks and side effects. Our team helps you decide which option is best for you.

A national leader in cancer research, diagnosis, care and prevention

Vanderbilt is a leader on all fronts in the fight against cancer.

Its Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. It's one of only a few such centers in the U.S. and the only one in Tennessee that treats adults. Centers that achieve this designation from NCI, the worlds top authority on cancer, offer depth and breadth of expertise that's simply not found in community-based hospitals. It is in these research-based cancer centers where the breakthroughs in treatment are being made and where you can be receive the most advanced care possible.

Vanderbilt-Ingram is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an organization of the nations leading cancer centers. The network's experts work together to create guidelines for cancer care that other hospitals follow.

Experience

Vanderbilt doctors treat more prostate cancer patients than anyone else in the Southeast. We offer a variety of treatment options.

Constant innovation

Our doctors and researchers regularly lead other health care institutions across the nation in finding new ways to fight prostate cancer. We are committed to offering the best and most promising evidence-based care.

Vanderbilt was one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to offer treatments that are now considered standard care, including robotic surgery; cryotherapy (freezing); and certain drugs (for example, sipeleucel-T, also known as Provenge.)

One of the most recent innovations we are bringing to men in our region is 3-D MRI fusion targeted biopsies. This is a diagnostic tool that combines magnetic imaging with ultrasound imaging (imaging means taking pictures of the inside of the body) and robotics. Those abilities work together in a device called Artemis. Vanderbilt will be the first hospital in Tennessee to offer this tool.

3-D MRI fusion targeted biopsies help doctors locate tumors more accurately than they can with other methods. It allows more precise biopsies and safer surveillance of prostate cancers.

A focus on advanced cancer cases

Vanderbilts Urology Department houses a specialized program, the Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Clinic, for men with advanced prostate cancer.

Advanced cases are those in which the cancer has spread outside the prostate to other parts of the body, or prostate cancer that has returned after treatment.

This program is the only one of its kind in the mid-South. It follows the team approach that Vanderbilt is known for.

Caring for you after cancer

Life as a cancer survivor is physically and mentally different from being a cancer patient. Vanderbilt provides a unique program, called REACH, for ongoing practical and cognitive support for your life beyond cancer. Its for people of any age who have survived any kind of cancer.

The REACH team helps you create a customized survivorship care plan to help you preserve your future health and deal with any problems that might come up because of your particular cancer and treatment. The REACH team will work with your oncologist (your cancer doctor) and primary care physician to keep you as healthy as possible for the rest of your life.

Click here for more details about REACH.