Prostate Cancer Treatment in Tyler, TX
If there is an abnormal growth of cells within the prostate, it is certainly possible that this could be a case of prostate cancer. The prostate is an organ that solely exists in males, as it is a vital part of the semen production process.
Meet Our Urologist
R. Clay Williams, D.O. is board-certified by the American Board of Urology and has been practicing urology in Tyler, TX since 2005. With over 15 years of experience in urologic oncology, Dr. Williams specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer. If you’re experiencing symptoms of prostate cancer in the Tyler area, then Dr. Williams may be able to help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment by calling (903) 262-3900 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We’re located just a short drive from Longview, Jacksonville, Mineola, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, and Kilgore.
What Are the Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?
Due to the location of the prostate and its proximity to the urinary system, many signs of prostate cancer will relate to the urinary function or the general pelvic region. Such symptoms often include:
- Difficulty urinating
- Weakened urine stream
- Pain within the pelvis or lower back
- Blood in urine and/or semen
- Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
- Increased frequency of urination
The list of symptoms above may describe a variety of urology conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). You must seek treatment if you notice any of these warning signs, as it is always best to catch a condition in its earliest stages, especially if that condition does turn out to be cancer.
Different Types of Prostate Cancer
There are multiple unique forms of prostate cancer that men are at risk of developing. This risk is influenced by a variety of factors such as older age, family history, race, and obesity.
Depending upon where in the prostate the abnormal cells develop, a man may have one of five different types of prostate cancer. Most often, this particular form of cancer is classified as an adenocarcinomas. Other types consist of:
- Transitional cell carcinomas
- Small cell carcinomas
- Neuroendocrine tumors
Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Regardless of what form of prostate cancer has affected an individual, each will require diagnostic imaging and maybe also a biopsy to confirm a definitive diagnosis.
In some cases, it may be advised for the patient to have their tumor removed from the prostate regardless of whether or not it has been identified as cancerous. The primary reason for this being that large growths on or within the prostate can cause a wide range of troublesome symptoms until the tumor is removed.
Prostate Cancer Treatment in Tyler, TX
Due to the unique nature of each case, treatment for a patient’s prostate cancer will vary widely from one to another.
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Schedule an Appointment with urologist R. Clay Williams, D.O.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Williams will walk through your medical history and journey with prostate cancer up to this point. Once he has insight into your specific case, he will be able to recommend a course of treatment to best suit your needs. If you are suffering from symptoms commonly associated with prostate in the Tyler, TX area, contact urologist R. Clay Williams, D.O. today at (903) 262-3900 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We are just a short drive from Longview, Jacksonville, Mineola, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, and Kilgore.