Prostate cancer care in Portsmouth
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we treat your prostate cancer by gathering a team of our medical experts to review your particular situation. Our multispecialty team delivers individual attention to your care by creating a plan for treatment, recovery and follow-up solely focused on your needs.
For more information about our prostate cancer care, please call (888) 421-1080.
Portsmouth Regional Hospital's Cancer Care Center offers education resources, nutritional counseling, genetic counseling referrals and emotional cancer care provided by our multiple support groups, including our prostate cancer support program.
What is prostate cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The prostate, a gland of the male reproductive system, sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds a section of the urethra and helps produce semen and nourish sperm.
The part of the prostate surrounding the urethra may continue to grow, which can lead to a benign condition known as prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate) or to prostate cancer. In its early stages, prostate cancer often displays no symptoms. But as it progresses, you may notice discomfort or other changes in urination.
Prostate cancer screening
For men 50 years old and older, screening tests are the most effective way to detect prostate cancer. Tests include the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, a digital rectal exam by your doctor or the minimally invasive transrectal ultrasound imaging procedure.
Advanced prostate cancer treatment
At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, prostate cancer can be treated with interventional radiology and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
With our minimally invasive surgery options, you benefit from a lower risk of infection, smaller incisions, less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activity.
For patients who may not need surgery, we provide chemotherapy and radiation therapy options.