Prostate Center of Excellence

Prostate Center of Excellence

The idea of having prostate cancer can be frightening. According to the American Cancer Society, doctors diagnose more than 164,500 new cases of prostate cancer per year. Roughly 1 out of 9 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Because there are no symptoms, you could have it right now and not even realize it.

The Prostate Center of Excellence—part of CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga—is a state-of-the-art treatment center dedicated entirely to treating prostate cancer. Our physicians, surgeons and radiologists work together to offer you the most effective multidisciplinary prostate cancer treatments available, improving your quality of life while minimizing debilitating side effects.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Prostate cancer is typically slow-growing and, if caught in the early stages, has a high rate of cure. Once identified, prostate cancers can be treated with hormones, radiation, surgeries (including new minimally invasive robotic options) and, in rare cases, chemotherapy. At CHI Memorial, specialists in many disciplines come together in regularly scheduled tumor conferences and use their expertise to recommend a course of treatment.

These technologies could change your life for the better.

The da Vinci® Surgical Robot assists with laparoscopic prostatectomies and represents the most advanced prostate cancer treatment available today. The da Vinci® provides superior 3D visualization, as surgeons use its robotic arms to perform prostate surgeries through keyhole-sized incisions. The actual surgical instruments are the size of match heads, ensuring precise control that results in:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Significantly decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Lower incidence of incontinence and erectile dysfunction
  • Faster recovery

Click here to learn more about the benefits of robotic-assisted protectectomy.

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) uses computer-guided precision to target tumors with larger doses of radiation. Additional therapies kill cancer cells by heating, freezing or injecting radioactive “seeds” directly into the prostate gland. All of these treatments are better at protecting healthy, surrounding tissue.

You’ll be supported at every step of the way.

Cancer touches entire families. With prostate cancer, a man’s relationship with his partner may be deeply affected by erectile dysfunction, incontinence or other side effects of treatment or surgery. Support can be found for these and other issues at CHI Memorial’s Center for Cancer Support and Pelvic Health Care. A special support group is set up for prostate cancer patients and their families.

Additional free support services include dietitians for nutritional counseling, chaplains for spiritual support, social workers who refer families for financial aid and holistic care for the mind, body and spirit. Call (423) 495-7778 for more information on cancer support services.

Find the best in prostate cancer care at CHI Memorial.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, contact us to learn what we can do for you. With CHI Memorial, you’ll have access to the latest prostate cancer treatments, managed by some of the most skilled and experienced medical professionals in the field today. Don’t compromise on your health or your quality of life. Trust the experts at CHI Memorial to treat your prostate cancer with the most effective tools and methods available today.

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