Prostate Cancer Care

Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man’s prostate gland. The prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland in males that produces seminal fluid, the fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. The prostate sits just below the bladder.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men, affecting about one in six men in the United States. It is common in men over age 65. Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and can take years to grow large enough to cause any problems.

Learn more about prostate cancer.

Most cases of prostate cancer are treatable, because they are found before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Your treatment choices will depend on what kind of prostate cancer you have, how far the cancer has spread, your age and general health, and your own preferences. You and your doctor may decide to treat your cancer with surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, anti-cancer medications (chemotherapy), or a combination of therapies.

Among the tools Sacred Heart’s cancer team uses to treat prostate cancer are:

  • Da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery. This minimally invasive surgical system for removal of the prostate results in less pain, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal activities than with traditional surgery.
  • High dose rate (HDR) prostate seed implants. In this outpatient procedure, tiny radioactive “seeds” are temporarily placed inside the prostate gland. This delivers a high dose of radiation inside the prostate, with very little effect on the surrounding organs.
  • Smart Operating Rooms.  Smart ORs are surgical suites equipped with advanced technology that helps surgeons do their best work, including minimally invasive surgery.
  • The latest chemotherapy and hormone therapy medications.
  • Breakthrough treatments available only through clinical trials.

Treatment Locations

Most or all of the care you will need to diagnose and treat prostate cancer is available on the RiverBend medical campus from Sacred Heart and its partners in cancer care.

  • Surgery and certain inpatient and outpatient treatments are provided at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are provided to outpatients at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center, which has offices at RiverBend and on Country Club Road in Eugene. Chemotherapy is also available in the Regional Infusion Center at Sacred Heart, University District.
  • Imaging (radiology) is provided to outpatients at Oregon Imaging Centers, which has offices on the RiverBend campus and throughout Eugene and Springfield.