Prostate Cancer Specialist

Pacific Wellness of Ventura

Cedric Emery, MD

Medical Aesthetics Specialist & Medical Wellness located in Ventura, CA

Second to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer that affects men. Cedric Emery, MD and the urology team at Pacific Wellness of Ventura are experts at diagnosing and curing prostate cancer. They offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available, including the da Vinci® Robotic surgical system. Whether you need prostate cancer screening or treatment, call Pacific Wellness of Ventura’s urology department today or schedule an appointment online.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease that starts in your prostate gland — a small gland that produces fluid to protect your sperm. It’s the most common cancer that affects men between the ages of and 35-60

Specific factors may increase your risk of prostate cancer include:

  • Age (your risk increases as you get older)
  • Obesity
  • Family history

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease, and the most effective treatment is your annual exam. Rest assured, Dr. Emery understands your busy lifestyle. His well-trained staff will try to accommodate your schedule and ensure you get your regular checkup, including a physical examination of your prostate and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

You may not experience any symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer. Symptoms might appear as the cancer advances, including:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Blood in semen
  • Bone pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Need to force urination to get a strong stream
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

How is prostate cancer treated?

The urology department, Ventura Urology, offers some of the most advanced treatment options for prostate cancer in California.

da Vinci Surgical System

Dr. Emery may recommend using the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery system to perform a nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy. The treatment uses a laparoscope, or surgical camera, to minimize your incisions for faster recovery and preservation of the surrounding tissue and nerves. He has been offering this procedure for 13 years to his patients.  

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a freezing technique that kills prostate cancer cells using a special probe, without harming other organs or tissue.

Brachytherapy

This technique uses ultrasound technology to guide radiation pellets to your prostate for treatment. Brachytherapy is an effective outpatient procedure that only has to be done once.

How can I prevent prostate cancer?

Besides your annual checkups, Dr. Emery and his team recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of prostate cancer, such as:

  • Eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables
  • Regular exercise
  • Yearly PSA blood tests after age 50

If you’re at an increased risk of prostate cancer, Dr. Emery may offer specific recommendations and treatments to help lower your chances, keeping you on top of your prostate health.

Call the urology department today or schedule an appointment online for a prostate check.