Ask us anything. prostate cancer

Key facts

  • 2,600 prostate cancer patients treated in Epworth in 2021
  • New treatments include focal therapy targeting the tumor
  • Clinical trials underway at Epworth

More than 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, making it one of the most common cancers in men.

Doctors are concerned that some men have failed to keep up with regular GP visits and health checks during the pandemic. Men may have missed tests, including a PSA blood test, which may indicate a problem with the prostate.

In the latest episode of “Ask Us Anything,” we speak to urologist Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk, director of the EJ Whitten Prostate Cancer Research Center at Epworth.

As a urologist, Prof. Lawrentschuk is used to answering questions that men may find difficult.

The episode addresses questions like prostate cancer survival rates, types of prostate cancer treatment at Epworth, and more tricky questions like is my penis length normal.

While a prostate cancer diagnosis can be life-changing, survival rates have improved over the past 20 years. In Australia, about 70% of men with low-risk prostate cancer are safely monitored in hopes of avoiding more aggressive treatment.

You can submit your health questions to shape future episodes of Ask Us Everything.

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