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Prostate Cancer

Approximately 1 in 6 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer death, second only to lung cancer. Given its prevalence, it’s critical that men take the steps toward early detection through prostate cancer screenings. Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona is dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with prostate cancer, as well as other male urological problems, such as male infertility and incontinence. As prostate cancer has become such a widespread issue, our Urologists take particular interest in saving lives by finding prostate cancer early and providing advanced treatment options including brachytherapy, radiation, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and da Vinci® surgery, such as robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that develops in the prostate when cancerous (or malignant) cells grow out of control and do not experience normal cell death. Nearly all cases of prostate cancer start in the gland cells, which is known in the medical community as prostatic adenocarcinoma. Prostate cancer grows slowly and in its early stages may not cause signs or symptoms. However, advanced prostate cancer symptoms include trouble urinating, decreased force in the urine stream, blood in the urine and/or semen, swelling in the legs, bone pain, and discomfort in the pelvic area.

When should you Start Prostate Cancer Screenings?

  • If you are 50 years old (or older), at average risk of prostate cancer, and expected to live at least 10 more years, then you should talk to our Urologists about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screenings.
  • If you are 45 years old (or older), at high risk of developing prostate cancer, and have a first-degree relative (father, brother, son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65), then you should consult with our Urologists about whether to start screening for prostate cancer.
  • If you are 40 years old (or older), at an even higher risk, and have several first-degree relatives who had prostate cancer at an early age, then you should make it a priority to consult with our Urologists and find out whether you should begin an annual or biennial prostate cancer screening program.

Prostate cancer survival starts by contacting Academic Urology & Urogynecology of Arizona and scheduling a consultation with one of our Urologists. Take the first step by calling and we’ll guide you through what’s involved in terms of screening and diagnosis and explain suitable treatment options. Together, we’ll find ways to protect your prostate and quality of life. To find out more information on treatments like brachytherapy, radiation, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, and da Vinci® surgery, such as robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy and robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy, click here.

Prostate Cancer

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da Vinci Robotic

The da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy represents the next revolution in surgery for prostate cancer. Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, it allows the surgeon to remove the prostate using small incisions instead of the traditional large incision. For the patient, this typically means less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay, less pain, and a quicker return to normal activities after the procedure.

da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy

Meet the Providers


Jeffrey A. Stern, MD, FACS

Aaron W. LaTowsky, MD

David J. Kaplan, MD

Chandan Kundavaram, MD

John Mai, MD

Paul M. Papoff, MD, FRCS(C)

Amy Schlaifer, MD


Jennifer Klauschie, MD

Keri Wong, MD


Loren L. Faaborg, MD, FACOG

Advanced Practice Providers:

Tyler W. Chavez, MHS, PA-C

Katie Gillies, MMS, PA-C

Madison Palmer, PA-C

Debbie Sullivan, PhD, RN, PA-C

Jamie Tumbleson, ANP

Areas of Expertise

Prostate Cancer
da Vinci Robotic Surgery
GreenLight Laser
Female Vaginal Prolapse
Erectile Dysfunction
Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

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