Centegra Health System’s commitment to treating prostate cancer means you can stay close to home for the individualized treatment provided by a highly skilled team of experts.
Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas, a cancer that starts in the lining of your glands. Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland, which is found only in males, start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is below the bladder and in front of the rectum and can change size with age. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men.
Some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, but most grow slowly.
Prostate Cancer Treatment in McHenry County
Cancer is different from many of the other diseases we treat at Centegra. It’s a journey that comes with unique challenges. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, located on the campus of Centegra Hospital-McHenry, is home to McHenry County’s only complete cancer treatment program. At Centegra Sage Cancer Center, you receive a personalized treatment plan for your cancer that offers the same state-of-the-art technology as major academic medical centers so you don’t have to travel far for care.
- Centegra’s experts use advanced medical imaging before, during and after cancer care to determine treatment plans and monitor their success.
- The main doctors who treat prostate cancer include:
- Urologists who treat diseases of the urinary system and male reproductive organs
- Radiation oncologists who treat cancer with radiation therapy
- Medical oncologists who specialize in the use of medicine or drugs, also known as chemotherapy, to treat patients.
- Each patient with prostate cancer receives a personalized treatment plan that can include active monitoring, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or other treatments.
- The Centegra Oncology Nurse Navigator offers individualized assistance to patients and families to help access the clinical, psychological, spiritual and emotional care a patient needs through all phases of the cancer journey. The Oncology Nurse Navigator provides education and resources to help patients make decisions and coordinate care in collaboration with their caregivers.
- We also provide cancer care that goes beyond what is available at most academic and community cancer centers. The Centegra Oncology Rehabilitation & Support Services team improves the lives of survivors by addressing the side effects of cancer treatments. The program includes more than 80 doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, registered dietitians and mental health professionals to support our patients’ needs.
- Genetic counseling that helps you understand your risk for inherited cancers and make informed decisions about prevention and treatment.
Getting a Second Opinion
Even if you have received your diagnosis and treatment options from another facility, you can still meet with the Centegra cancer team to help you feel more certain about the treatment plan you choose.