What is Advanced Prostate Cancer?
Most prostate cancers are slow growing. However, prostate cancer may progress during the course of the illness. When the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) begins to rise in the months or years after treatment for localized prostate cancer, it means cancer cells still remain in the body and there is recurrence of the disease. This is called advanced prostate cancer.
Although advanced prostate cancer is generally not curable, there are a variety of treatments that can control the cancer, reduce symptoms, improve and maintain quality of life, and extend survival.
Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic
The first of its kind in the Treasure Valley, the Advanced Prostate Cancer Clinic (APCC) is dedicated solely to men with advanced prostate cancer and their specific healthcare needs. IUI has established a specialized team to provide personalized cancer care, all under one roof, while providing support for the patient and their family from the time of diagnosis through treatment and follow up.
Idaho Urologic Institute
As the largest independent urology group in Idaho, we are unique in that we offer expertise across all areas of urology, including pediatric, female and male urology, urologic oncology, robotic and laparoscopic surgery, male infertility, and men’s sexual health. Because we believe in treating patients where they live, IUI has three locations – Boise, Meridian and Nampa. Additional services available at our Meridian facility include an out-patient surgery center, Surgery Center of Idaho.
APCC Healthcare Team
John Greer, MD
Todd Waldmann, MD
Monique Healey, RN
Treatment options include:
- Hormone therapy
- Oral medications
- Radiation therapy
In addition to a range of treatment options, Idaho Urologic Institute
offers a variety of services and resources:
- Clinical laboratory services
- Radiology department (X-ray/CT)
- Radiation therapy department
- Medication dispensing
- Clinical Research department
- Immunotherapy infusions
APCC Program Design
When you are diagnosed as having advanced prostate cancer, your primary urologist will refer you to the APCC.
You will then be scheduled for a consultation with Dr. Greer or Dr. Waldmann. The doctor will review your health history and discuss the status of your prostate cancer as well as discuss various treatment options. Additional testing may be needed to determine your specific treatment options.
Together with your APCC physician, a treatment plan will be chosen. Follow up visits will take place as needed based on your individualized treatment regimen.
The nurse navigator, Monique, will be your primary point of contact. She is available to answer questions, provide support, and to communicate with your medical team to coordinate your care. In addition, Monique can help connect you to other services as needed.