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Prostate Cancer Specialist

Steve Y. Chung, MD -  - Urological Surgeon

Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons

Steve Y. Chung, MD

Urologic Surgeon servicing Dixon and Sterling, IL

Around one man out of every nine receives a prostate cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. If you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, the Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons team in Dixon and Spring Valley outside of Sterling, Illinois, is ready to support and help you through it. The highly regarded urology specialist at Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons, Steve Y. Chung, MD, has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and he offers advanced surgical and radiation therapy for excellent outcomes. Book your appointment online or by phone now.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

When do I need to get tested for prostate cancer?

Regular prostate cancer screening tests, on the schedule recommended by Dr. Chung, can identify prostate cancer before it's developed enough to cause physical problems. Most men 50 and up need regular prostate cancer screenings. 

Dr. Chung might recommend starting screenings before the age of 50 if you have elevated prostate cancer risk due to family history or other factors. 

What are the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer generally doesn't cause symptoms in the beginning. But, eventually, you can develop the following issues. 

  • Increased urination frequency
  • Frequent urination overnight
  • Weak urine flow
  • Blood in your urine or semen
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Pain during ejaculation

If prostate cancer spreads, you could develop severe pelvic, hip, or back pain. Additionally, you might develop symptoms like chronic fatigue, unintended weight loss, and bowel movement problems if your prostate cancer spreads.

How is prostate cancer treated?

Prostate cancer treatment is highly unique to the sufferer, as Dr. Chung always tailors treatment for your needs. Two of the most common treatment approaches include:

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be delievered directly to the prostate, called brachytherapy, or given in combination with external beam radiation. In brachytherapy, Dr. Chung implans tiny radioactive seeds directly within your prostate. Each seed is around the size of a single grain of rice. The seeds emit low-dose radiation steadily to destroy the cancer cells in your prostate. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and done in less than 30 minutes. 

Surgery

During prostate cancer surgery, Dr. Chung uses a nerve- sparing technique to remove your prostate gland and limit erectile problems. Surgery is often recommended for younger patients who have a good chance for organ confined cancer. Sometimes, you might need radiation therapy after your surgery to ensure maximum destruction of cancerous tissue.

Other options for treatment can include chemotherapy, cryotherapy, immunotherapy, and hormone therapy. Dr. Chung considers the stage of cancer, whether the cancer is at risk for spreading, your age, your health, and your personal preferences carefully before recommending treatment for your prostate cancer. 

Prostate cancer doesn’t have to be fatal, or even seriously damage the quality of your life, if you get support from a leading urologist like Dr. Chung. Use online booking, or call Illinois Urologic Health Surgeons to arrange your visit to the office today.