Starting at the beginning of September and running through the middle of this month, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America joined with LabCorp and the National Football League Alumni Association in helping raise awareness of prostate cancer by offering free and discounted exams. 2,000 men who were 40 or older, that were able to meet the criteria, were offered free prostate exams at any of LabCorps locations throughout the country. Anyone signing up after the first 2,000 has been able to do so at a discount rate of $25. Awareness and early detection is the purpose of this initiative against the most common form of cancer for men; especially among African-Americans who are 70 percent more likely to develop Prostate Cancer. Also, a family history of Prostrate Cancer places men in a higher risk category.
Beginning in Zion IL in 1988, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America have grown to include five hospitals in the country that serves cancer patients throughout the United States. Their approach uses both conventional treatments as well as integrative therapies. This approach treats cancer as well as manages the side effects. The oncologists on site include specialists with expertise and training in many forms of the disease; including Prostrate cancer.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America stress that when caught and treated early enough, Prostate cancer has a high survivability rate. A diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying, and treatment decisions can be life-saving options that must also consider the quality of life after treatment. The hospital’s oncologists work with the patient in order to help them make the most informed decisions. Treatments include hormone therapy and advanced radiation therapy. The goal is to treat cancer while helping patients manage the side effects of that treatment. These side effects can influence bowel, urinary, and sexual functions.