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Hoag is Where Men Go for Prostate Cancer Care

When Scott Chantos learned he had cancer, he searched for the best. He found it at Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

Ranked a high performing hospital in prostate cancer surgery by U.S. News & World Report, Hoag attracts the most renowned specialists in the world, doctors like Jeffrey C. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H., Benjamin & Carmela Du Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country trained to perform a state-of- the-art robotic surgery that keeps the support structures holding the bladder and urethra intact.

Scott was able to undergo a surgery without contending with incontinence or sexual dysfunction. And, more importantly, tests indicate that he’s cancer-free.

“I want patients with more advanced disease to know that they can still be cured,” said Dr. Bassett, who recently published research showing the effectiveness of the procedure he used on Scott. “If the right thing is done at the right time, we are seeing great success.”

“The stars aligned, and I found the right surgeon for me who was sensitive to what I was about to undertake as a human being, as a man,” Scott said.

For every man, Hoag’s prostate cancer team is ready with the excellence and expertise you need right in your own backyard.

Advanced Therapies. Hoag’s Molecular Imaging & Therapy program was the first in Orange County to offer patients access to prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted radiotherapy for metastatic prostate cancer. As a clinical trial site, Hoag provided patients access to this innovative therapy and contributed to it achieving approval by the FDA. “Agents like this one hold significant promise to thousands of men facing metastatic prostate cancer,” said Gary A. Ulaner, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.N.M., James & Pamela Muzzy Endowed Chair in Molecular Imaging and Therapy and the director of Molecular Imaging and Therapy. “Hoag is at the tip of the spear, offering the most advanced therapies for patients with metastatic prostate cancer.”

Clinical Trials. Hoag is home to hundreds of cancer clinical trials, including many in prostate cancer.

“We are offering the same access to clinical trials that are being offered at the world’s other leading cancer institutions,” said medical oncologist David Benjamin, M.D. “Patients in Orange County can rest assured that they have access to these therapies and trials right in their own backyard.”

Comprehensive Care. Hoag’s team-based approach means that the top experts collaborate to create a personalized care plan just for you. From general urologists to urologic oncologists, as well as surgeons and reconstructive surgeons, Hoag’s Prostate Cancer Program connects patients to an expert team that utilizes the latest technologies and innovative techniques to treat urological conditions.

“My colleagues and I share a philosophy that technology should be used to improve patient care. That shared belief is what drives us,” said urologic oncologist Moses Kim, M.D., Ph.D.”

A comprehensive approach means that men can expect quality in every aspect of their care – from the medical to the emotional.

“Our approach at Hoag looks at each person as an individual,” said urologic oncologist Robert Torrey, M.D. “That gives them more whole-person care, and, ultimately, better care.”