Leonard W. Liang, MD
More than 200,000 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. For his patients in the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Liang uses advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques to identify cancer at its earliest stages and effectively treat it.
Prostate Cancer FAQ
Prostate cancer is a common cancer among men, and in its earliest stages it may cause no noticeable symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
Because prostate cancer causes few symptoms in the first stages, having regular prostate exams is the most important step you can take to ensure cancer is caught before it has a chance to grow and spread to other areas of the body.
Dr. Liang will discuss how often you need to have a prostate exam based on your age and other risk factors.
Dr. Liang will begin by conducting a digital rectal exam (DRE) to determine if your prostate feels enlarged. Dr. Liang may also order a blood test to look for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which has been associated with changes in the prostate including inflammation, infection and cancer. Based on those results, Dr. Liang may order additional diagnostic tests including ultrasound or biopsy. If cancer is detected, a sample of cancer cells will be taken to determine the type of cancer and how aggressive it is.
As any other cancer diagnosis, treatment depends on the aggressiveness of your cancer. In most cases you may require either chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone treatments, surgery or treatment with biologics that use your own immune cells to help fight cancer. In some cases, regular monitoring is sufficient to keep an eye on the cancer's development.