What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer develops in men in their prostate gland. This is a small (walnut sized) gland in the reproductive system located under the bladder, and in front of the rectum. This gland makes part of the seminal fluid that carries sperm out of the body during ejaculation.
The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis. Because of that, one common sign of prostate problems is difficulty in urinating.
According to the National Cancer Institute, about 220,800 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. It is the second most common type of cancer among men in the US, second only to skin cancer.
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Safely choose active surveillance & reduce overspending on prostate cancer care
Physicians use the Prolaris test for men with localized prostate cancer to add precision to their clinical risk assessment. The unique information provided by Prolaris drives optimal treatment decisions, by identifying patients who can safely choose active surveillance and thereby reduce morbidities associated with unneeded interventions. This net reduction in unnecessary therapies produces an overall cost savings to the healthcare system.
The Prolaris Test
Move Forward with Confidence
Prolaris is a measure of how fast the cells in your tumor are dividing. Since you have had a biopsy, that tissue sample can be used to determine your Prolaris Score. Studies have shown that Prolaris provides an accurate assessment of cancer aggressiveness.5,6 And, because every individual’s prostate cancer is different, the result of your Prolaris test is unique to you.
What Are My Treatment Options?
Men with prostate cancer have many treatment options, including:
- Active surveillance
- Radiation Therapy
- Hormone Therapy
- Chemotherapy and New Therapies
These treatments may also be used alone or in combination with one another. Your doctor should be able to describe your treatment choices, the expected results, and the possible side effects of each treatment. You and your doctor should work together to develop a treatment plan. Before treatment starts, ask your doctor about possible side effects and how treatment may change your normal activities. For example, you may want to discuss the possible effects on sexual function and urinary continence.
The Myriad PromiseTM
What does the Myriad Promise mean for you? When your doctor feels you should have the Prolaris test, we can assure you the costs will be manageable.
We will work with your insurance provider to help get the coverage allowed by your plan.