Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin malignancy in men, affecting one in six American men at some point in their lifetime. Marin General Hospital is a leader in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, with excellent outcomes. Our patients count on us for the kind of warm, personalized care associated with a community hospital, combined with the expertise, innovation and high quality you might expect from an academic center — all without leaving Marin. In fact, some of the sophisticated procedures we provide, such as prostate surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, are not available at most other Bay Area hospitals.
With early diagnosis, men usually have a range of treatment options, which may include active surveillance, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and/or robotic prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate). Only a patient and his physician can determine which option is most appropriate. This decision depends on a combination of factors, including the patient’s age and general health, the stage at which the disease is diagnosed, and the patient’s personal preferences.
Many cases of prostate cancer will be small and slowly growing (low risk) and can be monitored without treatment (Active Surveillance). While adoption of active surveillance has been slow across the country, Marin General has been utilizing this method for quite some time. In 2010, our rate of active surveillance for all newly diagnosed prostate cancers was over double the national average (24% vs. 10%). Since then, our rates of active surveillance have continued to increase.
Meet Our Experts
Dedicated to offering the most advanced, cutting-edge treatments, our prostate cancer physicians consist of specially trained urologists, robotic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists. To learn more about them click on the links below:
- Patrick Bennett, MD, Urologist & Robotic Surgeon
- Harry Neuwirth, MD, Urologist & Robotic Surgeon
- R. James Yu, MD, Urologic Oncologist & Robotic Surgeon
- Lloyd Miyawaki, MD, Radiation Oncologist
- Alex Metzger, MD, Medical Oncologist
We understand how emotionally challenging prostate cancer is for patients and their families. We pair patients with a patient navigator to help guide them through the treatment process. An exercise physiologist and nutritionist are available to offer personalized support for each individual. We also offer a full spectrum of support services and educational resources like our Cancer Resource & Recovery Center, where patients can borrow books and videos, and our Center for Integrative Health & Wellness. Learn more about our cancer support services.