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What Causes Prostate Cancer and How Can You Treat It?

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may wonder what caused it and how your doctor will treat it. Prostate cancer treatment can include a range of treatments to give you the best results. Your Cochise Oncology specialist will develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs. 

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

While scientists do not know precisely what causes prostate cancer, they have identified several factors that increase your risk. Only men have a prostate, and most men with prostate cancer are over the age of 65. Research has found an association between prostate cancer and higher red meat and fat consumption. Scientists have found that higher testosterone levels also play a role. As with many other types of cancer, family history can put you at a higher risk of prostate cancer.

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How Can You Treat Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer can be treated in several ways. Your Cochise Oncology specialist develops your treatment plan using the best methods for your needs. Most types of cancer therapy target the DNA of rapidly dividing cells. Your treatment might include:

Radiation Therapy

Radiation works on prostate cancer by stopping the cancer cells from dividing. Radiation energy damages DNA and has a particularly powerful effect on fast-dividing cancer cells. Radiation therapy precisely targets the tumor, so it does not damage surrounding tissues. 


Most chemotherapy agents also attack cancer cells by stopping them from dividing. Some agents break DNA, while others prevent cells from copying their DNA and making new cells. Chemotherapy targets rapidly dividing cells that need to make DNA quickly. 


Immunotherapy uses your immune system to fight prostate cancer. It “teaches” the immune system to target cancer cells and destroy them. It may use antibodies, cytokines, or other immune system components to activate an attack on cancer cells. 


Simply fill out the form on this page to request an appointment and one of our knowledgable team members will reach out to you. Or call our Sierra Vista oncology center to schedule directly at (520) 803-6644.

How Can I Prevent Prostate Cancer?

As men age, cells in the prostate commonly undergo pre-cancerous changes. Most of these cells will never become cancerous, but they occur in over half of men over 65. Routine screening is the best way to catch potential problems while they are easily treatable. Early diagnosis usually leads to an excellent outcome. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Prostate Cancer Treatment?

Your Cochise Oncology specialist will use test results, imaging, and experience to develop a treatment plan that works for you. You can most likely receive some form of treatment regardless of other medical conditions. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how we create your treatment plan. 


*Individual Results May Vary


At Cochise Oncology, we know optimal cancer treatment places the patient first – and our patients experience this every day. Read what our satisfied patients are saying about their experiences at Cochise Oncology.

Take the Next Step

Do you have questions about prostate cancer? Reach out to Cochise Oncology at (520) 335-9460 or fill out the consultation form on this page.

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