Breakthrough Prostate Cancer Treatment Exclusively at Hoag

Hoag has the largest prostate cancer program in Orange County, offering exclusive technologies like the Robotic Focal HIFU, MR-guided ViewRay MRIdian™ linear accelerator and single- and multi-port DaVinci robotic surgical systems. With Hoag's multidisciplinary prostate cancer team on your side, you've got the advanced treatment options you need to preserve or restore sexual and urinary function and come back stronger than ever from a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Why Hoag is Right For You.

World-Class Experience & Treatments For Prostate Cancer

Breakthrough Prostate Cancer Treatment at Hoag

At Hoag, when it comes to beating prostate cancer, you are not alone.  Our team offers the highest expertise in prostate cancer treatments, including robotic surgery and robotic focal HIFU, along with the most advanced radiation treatment available. Hoag’s expert teams deliver a specialized treatment plan uniquely designed for each person.

The Latest Advancements in Radiation Oncology

Our radiation oncology experts are specially trained in the latest advancements of radiation technology, including the use of the most advanced radiation treatment available in the United States, the MR-guided ViewRay MRIdian™ linear accelerator. The ViewRay allows our specialists to create a personalized, adaptive treatment plan to precisely capture real-time, high resolution images of a patient’s tumor during treatment to ensure cancer is destroyed, not healthy tissue.

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Advanced Technology for Localized Prostate Cancer

Hoag offers Focal One® Robotic Focal HIFU, today’s most advanced technology for precisely targeted ablation of diseased prostate tissue. Its benefits include:

  • Precise and targeted treatment.
  • Non-invasive with no incisions.
  • Preserves healthy tissue and reduces side effects.
  • Customizable treatment plans.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • Non-radiation alternative.
  • Outpatient procedure in many cases.

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Orange County's Prostate Cancer Robotic-Surgery Experts

Hoag’s robotic program offers state-of-the-art technology and expertly trained, board-certified prostate cancer surgeons.

Our minimally invasive single- and multi-port robotic surgical options for prostate cancer offer many benefits:

  • Smaller incisions.
  • Enhanced precision and accuracy.
  • Improved visualization of the surgical site.
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusions.
  • Faster recovery and shorter hospital stay.
  • Nerve-sparing techniques for improved urinary continence and erectile function.
  • Better cosmetic results with minimal scarring.

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Orange County's Highest Surgical Volume

Hoag is Orange County’s highest surgical-volume program for prostate cancer, made evident by U.S. News & World Report ranking Hoag as a high-performing hospital in prostate cancer surgery. 

Designated as a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery (COERS) from the Surgical Review Corporation, we demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

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What is Your Prostate Cancer Risk?

Take our online health risk assessment to discover your risk of prostate cancer. After taking this assessment you’ll get more information on what your next steps should be.

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You Are Not Alone.

Prostate cancer is one of the most commonly-diagnosed cancers in men, but it’s also one of the most treatable. Hoag Family Cancer Institute takes an innovative, patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Offering exclusive technologies like the Robotic Focal HIFU, MR-guided ViewRay MRIdian™ linear accelerator and single- and multi-port DaVinci robotic surgical systems, with Hoag on your team, you’ve got what it takes to fight and win against prostate cancer.





Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed 

All men over 55 should be screened for prostate cancer by a doctor every year. Men who are at higher risk due to their race, age or family history should consider being regularly screened earlier, after age 40. Prostate cancer screening includes the following:

  • A digital rectal exam
  • Blood testing

If those tests are positive, your doctor may refer you for other tests or procedures, that may include:

  • Transrectal ultrasound
  • Prostate MRI
  • Molecular urine tests
  • Prostate biopsy
  • PSMA imaging
Types of Prostate Biopsies

Prostate biopsies are used to diagnose prostate cancer. Generally, there are two main types of prostate biopsies:

  • Transrectal method, this is the most common form of prostate biopsy, in which an ultrasound probe is placed into the rectum to guide a biopsy needle. Samples are directly taken from the prostate.
Next Steps for Those Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

After diagnosis, your case will be evaluated and given what’s called a “Gleason Score,” which assigns a grade to your prostate cancer cells from 6 (not at all aggressive) to 10 (fast-spreading and very aggressive). Your doctor will talk to you about your current symptoms, discuss treatment options and potentially refer you to a urologic specialist for more tests or surgery. Remember that prostate cancer is one of the most treatable of all cancers, with over 96 percent of those diagnosed surviving at least 5 years past diagnosis. 

Learn more about Hoag’s Urologic Cancer Program and our multidisciplinary Urologic Cancer Team.

Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer

Treatment options for prostate cancer depend on many factors, including how advanced the cancer is when detected, your age and any other health issues you may have. In the case of very slow-growing prostate cancer, your doctor may advise only close monitoring. Other treatments for prostate cancer vary from patient to patient.

Advanced Surgical Treatments at Hoag

The Hoag Family Cancer Institute’s medical team includes experienced, fellowship-trained urologic oncologists who utilize the latest techniques and technology in the surgical management of prostate cancer. Advanced surgical treatments at Hoag include:

  • Minimally invasive surgical removal of the tumor through laparoscopic or robotic surgery. Learn more about robotic surgery at Hoag.
  • Non-invasive targeted ablation using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Learn more about HIFU treatment at Hoag.
Non-Surgical Treatments

Hoag’s non-surgical options, including targeted ablation, chemotherapy and radiation therapies, are led by board-certified physicians using the latest in treatment technology in order a personalized, adaptive treatment plan. Non-surgical treatment options at Hoag include:

Research & Clinical Trials for Prostate Cancer

Hoag is committed to leading the way in state-of-the-art technologies and advanced treatment options. Part of this commitment includes clinical research with the goal of helping patients live longer, healthier lives. Through carefully planned clinical trials, researchers evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases or conditions. Treatments studied in clinical trials might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. View clinical trials for prostate cancer here.

Do I have prostate cancer?

What is prostate cancer? 

Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate, the small, walnut-sized gland in a man’s pelvic region that produces seminal fluid, a component of semen. It’s the most common type of cancer in males. According to the American Cancer Society, one-in-eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

In its early stages, prostate cancer can often present no symptoms. Other symptoms of prostate cancer may include:

  • Frequent daytime and nighttime urination
  • Difficulty urinating, or not being able to urinate with force
  • Pressure in the rectum
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in ejaculate
  • Unexpected weight loss

What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?

There are a number of factors that are believed to increase your risk of developing prostate cancer. These include: 

  • Smoking
  • Age, as most patients with prostate cancer are older than age 50
  • A family history of prostate cancer, particularly in a father or brother
    • Hoag Family Cancer Institute offers a Hereditary Cancer Program to assess a person’s family history and any associated risk for cancer.
  • Your race, as black and Hispanic men have a significantly higher chance of developing prostate cancer, and a greater chance of more aggressive cancer.
  • Sedentary lifestyle

How can I reduce my risk of developing prostate cancer? 

Ways to reduce your risk of developing prostate cancer may include:

  • Avoid being overweight by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise to avoid being overweight. Here at Hoag, we offer help with weight management to help reduce this risk and others that come with being overweight.
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular prostate cancer screenings, especially if you are at a higher risk due to your race, age or family history