Himansh Khanna, MD, FACS
Urologist located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Any diagnosis that contains the word "cancer" delivers uncertainty and fear. Fortunately, a prostate cancer diagnosis is only the stepping stone to state-of-the-art treatment options that will help you regain your health and maintain prostate function. Dr. Himansh Khanna has a successful track record of treating prostate cancer in Brooklyn and Queens, New York patients. Call today for your consultation.
Prostate Cancer Q&A
What is prostate cancer?
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men.
A cell is cancerous when it grows in an inappropriate location or manner. When the body's immune system can't control abnormal cell growth, it indicates the presence of cancer.
The prostate is a gland only found in men that helps produce semen. It's in front of the rectum and below the bladder. When cells inside of the prostate grow uncontrollably, that indicates prostate cancer.
Most of the time, someone with prostate cancer won't have any symptoms, making early screening vital. That's especially true for men with a family history of prostate problems or over age 50.
How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
Screening for prostate cancer includes a digital rectal exam. That involves Dr. Khanna inserting a gloved finger into your rectum to check the prostate's size, shape, and texture. If Dr. Khanna suspects a problem, he orders a blood test to detect levels of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA).
While it's normal to have some PSA in the bloodstream, high levels often indicate infection or cancer. If cancer is suspected, Dr. Khanna may order an ultrasound or a biopsy to check for abnormal cells.
How is prostate cancer treated?
Treatment for prostate cancer depends on how advanced the condition is.
For example, some men may require prostate surgery to remove the entire prostate or robotic surgery to remove tumors. Others may be eligible for precision treatments that target cancerous cells. These include:
While Dr. Khanna does not perform radiation treatments in office, this may be the best course of treatment for certain patients. Dr. Khanna has relationships with the top Radiologic oncologists in the Brooklyn and Queens areas.
The Cyberknife is a state-of-the-art, fully-robotic radiation delivery system that targets prostate cancer with laser precision. The ability to target a sub-millimeter area makes the Cyberknife one of the most precise treatment options. It's also incredibly safe, since it limits your body's exposure to radiation, thus keeping healthy cells safe.
Permanent radioactive seeds are implanted into the prostate, delivering targeted radiation therapy. The seeds then become inert in 10 months, once the cancerous cells are destroyed.
If you’re concerned that you might have prostate cancer, don’t take any chances with your life: Click or call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Khanna today.