S. Adam Ramin, MD
Urologist & Urological Oncologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, surpassed only by skin cancer. S. Adam Ramin, MD, is a board-certified urologist and surgeon with offices in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. This talented specialist has extensive expertise in treating prostate cancer and uses the most advanced treatments available to provide the best outcomes possible. Patients also appreciate his caring manner and commitment to personalized health care. If you’re worried about or have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ramin today. Call the office or book your visit online.
Prostate Cancer Q & A
What is prostate cancer?
The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland that sits just below a man’s urinary bladder. It produces the sperm-containing seminal fluid that’s noted during ejaculation. If cells within the gland become abnormal and begin to divide and multiply rapidly without dying, the excess cells form a cancerous mass or tumor in the gland. This tumor may grow quite large or spread (metastasize) to other organs.
How serious is prostate cancer?
Cancer is always a serious concern. Some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may not cause harm for years. Other types of prostate cancer, however, are much more aggressive and can metastasize quickly, including into your bones and lymphatic system.
The number of men affected by prostate cancer also adds to the concern. Prostate cancer is newly diagnosed in about 140,000 men per year in the United States. It’s estimated that about 1 in every 10 men will develop prostate cancer in his lifetime. Approximately 40,000 men die annually due to prostate cancer.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
You may not notice any symptoms at first, but as the cancer advances it can cause:
- Decreased force of your urine stream
- Discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvic area
- Erectile dysfunction
- Blood-tinged semen
- Bone pain
The risk of prostate cancer increases after you reach 50. More than 80% of prostate cancers are diagnosed in men 65 or older.
Is surgery used to treat prostate cancer?
Various treatment options exist for prostate cancer. When surgery is recommended, it involves complete removal of the prostate gland (prostatectomy) and nearby lymph nodes to check for signs cancer has spread.
Dr. Ramin performs most prostatectomies using the da Vinci® Surgical System. The advanced robotic technology available in this platform provides the incredible precision required to navigate the male pelvis and dissect the prostate while preserving the pelvic floor muscles and highly sensitive nerve bundles in the area.
The da Vinci robot-assisted prostatectomy results in high cure rates for prostate cancer, as it minimizes the side effects of traditional surgery. As a minimally invasive surgery, it results in less blood loss during the operation, quicker recovery, and decreased pain with a faster return of urinary continence and erections.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Ramin today to discuss your prostate health. Call the office or book an appointment online.