No two cancer diagnoses are created equal. Tumors progress at different rates from person to person, making it necessary for urologists and cancer specialists to rely on an organized system to determine how far along the disease is, and most importantly, how best to treat it.
Prostate Cancer in Los Angeles
Dr. Kia Michel, an expert urologist at Prostate Cancer Specialists Los Angeles, uses a system known as the Gleason grade to determine prostate cancer stages in Los Angeles. Determining whether the cancer cells are contained to the prostate (early stage) or whether they have spread to other organs, and how it progresses allows physicians to determine the best course of treatment for each particular case.
Some of the treatment options available for prostate cancer include:
- Radiation and/or chemotherapy
- Hormone therapy
- Alternative/integrative treatments
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What is the Gleason Grade System and How Does it Work?
The Gleason Grade is the system urologists and cancer specialists use to determine how aggressive the prostate cancer cells are from a patient’s biopsy. It works on a scale of 1-5, grade one being the earlier stage of disease, where the cancer cells have not grown outside of the prostate.
- Grade 1 is the least aggressive.
- Grades 2 and 3 begin to show tissue abnormalities with the potential for more aggressive growth.
- Grade 4 is a moderate to high risk stage where the cancer cells have started to grow beyond the prostate gland and begin to affect surrounding tissue.
- Grade 5 is the most aggressive form of the disease.
Patients exhibiting symptoms or worried about the potential risk of developing prostate cancer are encouraged to see a urologist and schedule a check up and consultation.
To learn more, please visit www.prostatecancerdr.com.
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