Prostate Cancer Specialist

Khanh Bao Nguyen, MD

Family Medicine located in Garden Grove, CA

Prostate cancer is a common condition in older men. Khanh Bao Nguyen, M.D., is a family medicine specialist who offers prostate cancer screening and treats patients with prostate cancer at Doctor’s Medical Group in Garden Grove, California.

Prostate Cancer Q & A

What Is Prostate Cancer?

The prostate gland lies just below the bladder and in front of the rectum; the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis) runs through the prostate gland. The prostate gland produces fluid that is part of semen. Adenocarcinomas — cancers that begin in cells that make mucus and other fluids — are the most common type of prostate cancer. Most prostate cancers are relatively slow-growing.

What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms?

Increasing age is the most common risk factor for prostate cancer. The condition is more common in African-American men than whites (and African-American men are more likely to die from the disease). Genetics may play a part, as it tends to run in families, and some inherited gene conditions seem to increase the risk. Many men have no symptoms even when cancer has become quite advanced; the most common symptom is difficulty in urination or an inability to empty the bladder.

Is There Screening for Prostate Cancer?

Physicians use two screening methods for prostate cancer. The first is an examination of the prostate through the wall of the rectum (digital rectal exam or DRE). The physician inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel for lumps, hardness, or other abnormalities. The second is a blood test that measures the prostate specific antigen (PSA), a substance made by the prostate. If men have cancer, the PSA is usually elevated. However, PSA levels can be affected by other factors. A biopsy can also detect cancer cells.

How Is Prostate Cancer Treated?

There are numerous options for treating prostate cancer; treatment depends on a number of factors such as the patient’s age, the kind of cancer and how far the disease has progressed. In older patients with slow-growing prostate cancer, watchful waiting may be the best choice, as the disease progresses so slowly that it is less likely to cause death than other chronic conditions like heart disease. For aggressive tumors or in younger men, surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy may be used.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At Doctor's Medical Group, we accept most insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.

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Aetna
Alignment Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross
Brand New Day
CalOptima
CareFirst
Central Health Plan of California
Cigna
Citizens Choice Healthplan
Covered California
Easy Choice Health Plan (California)
Health Net California Large Group PPO
Inland Empire Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan
Molina Healthcare
PacifiCare