Prostate Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for prostate cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

Our prostate cancer program offers cutting edge treatment for prostate cancer patients in Georgia and the Southeast.

The Winship prostate cancer and genitourinary cancer teams include urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, advanced practice nurses and social workers. They work together to provide the most appropriate individualized approach to treating prostate cancer patients. The prostate cancer program is located at Winship Cancer Institute and Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.

Our collaborative approach to care offers a number of benefits to our patients, including:

  • Access to nationally and internationally renowned as well as community-based experts in prostate cancer.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Prostate cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells in the prostate gland, a walnut-sized organ found only in men. Although the prostate is made up of several cell types, almost all prostate cancers develop in the glandular cells. Cancer of gland cells is known as adenocarcinoma.

Most men will not experience any symptoms of prostate cancer if it is caught early. However, some men do, and these symptoms may include the following:

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Men who experience any of these symptoms should speak to their doctor.

These are some of the tests that may be used to confirm a diagnosis:

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Tests: a blood test is used to assess the level of PSA in the blood. A higher-than-normal level of PSA might indicate a problem with the prostate, including cancer.

Digital Rectal Exam (DRE): a physician inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel for abnormalities of the prostate.

An abnormal age-adjusted prostate specific antigen (PSA) test or abnormal digital rectal (DRE) exam is an indication of prostate cancer, but does not mean cancer is present. Abnormal findings should be followed by a biopsy of the prostate cells to determine whether they are in fact cancerous.

Biopsy: a biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of tissue is taken from the prostate and then viewed under a microscope to check for abnormalities.

Prostate Health Index (phi): still being studied, phi is a new, more precise blood test that better distinguishes an aggressive cancer from a low-risk cancer.

For recurring prostate cancer patients, we are currently offering a new clinical trial that allows physicians to better locate the site of recurrence which in turn can provide you with a more tailored treatment option. The technique, called FACBC, uses positron-emission tomography (PET). To learn more, please ask your physician or read our brochure.

Learn More About FACBC Study

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

Visit CancerQuest

When it comes to choosing a treatment for prostate cancer, each patient's situation is unique. That's why it is important to make an informed decision about the best treatment with your healthcare team.

Older patients with health problems and those with slow-growing cancers often treat prostate cancer as a chronic or long-term disease and take a disease management approach with just watchful waiting. Sometimes combinations of therapies like radiation therapy following surgery, or external radiation following brachytherapy implants is the best way to go.

Surgical options:

  • Radical Perineal Prostatectomy
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Open Retropubic Prostatectomy

Radiation therapy options:

  • Brachytherapy (internal radiation therapy) - Watch video to learn more about high dose rate brachytherapy available at Winship.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy
  • Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy
  • Proton beam radiation therapy (to be available at Winship in 2016)

Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

Hormone therapy (also called androgen deprivation therapy) may be used if surgery or radiation is not an option. Chemotherapy is sometimes considered if prostate cancer has spread outside the prostate gland and hormone therapy is no longer effective.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team address these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.
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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Urologist
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Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

Mehrdad Alemozaffar MD

  • Dr. Alemozaffar specializes in the treatment of cancers involving the bladder, kidney, adrenal gland, prostate, testes and penis.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW
Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Arnold MSW, LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Arnold works with patients affected by genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and aerodigestive cancers.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

  • Team Member
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                                 Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR
Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Bradley  Carthon MD, PhD
Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Hark C. Chang MD

  • Urologist
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Hark C. Chang MD

Hark C. Chang MD

  • As part of the urology team, Dr. Chang sees new patients to carry out the initial diagnostic work up for all genitourinary cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-1900

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Pathologist
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Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

Carla L. Ellis MD, MS

  • Board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Ellis specializes in urologic pathology (genitourinary) and non-neoplastic renal pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Karen Godette MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Karen Godette MD

Karen Godette MD

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP
Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Wayne B. Harris MD

Wayne B. Harris MD

  • Dr. Harris is a pioneer in the development of clinical applications based on interactions between the immune system and cancers of the genitourinary system.
  • Assistant Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 778-1900

Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

  • Dr. Hershatter specializes in the treatment of prostate and lung cancers at Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 321-6111

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

Ashesh Jani MD, MSEE

  • Dr. Jani specializes in the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and urethra cancer.
  • Director, Residency Program, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Omer Kucuk MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Omer Kucuk MD

Omer Kucuk MD

  • A medical oncologist with a major interest in nutrition and cancer prevention, Dr. Kucuk mainly treats patients with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS
Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Capraro Mosby RN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Capraro Mosby RN
Capraro Mosby RN

Capraro Mosby RN

Peter Nieh MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Peter Nieh MD
Peter Nieh MD

Peter Nieh MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Kenneth Ogan MD
Kenneth Ogan MD

Kenneth Ogan MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD
Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

Adeboye O. Osunkoya MD

  • Dr. Osunkoya is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in urologic pathology.
  • Director, Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Team Member
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                                 Sandra Parker NP-C
Sandra Parker NP-C

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Ms. Parker is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 John G. Pattaras MD, FACS
John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Pamela Randall MDiv

  • Chaplain
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Pamela Randall MDiv

Pamela Randall MDiv

Chad W. Ritenour MD

  • Urologist
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                                 Chad W. Ritenour MD
Chad W. Ritenour MD

Chad W. Ritenour MD

Peter Rossi MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Peter Rossi MD
Peter Rossi MD

Peter Rossi MD

  • Dr. Rossi is a prostate cancer expert and also specializes in the treatment of prostate, endometrial and cervical cancers.
  • Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Martin G. Sanda MD

  • Urologist
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Martin G. Sanda MD

Martin G. Sanda MD

  • An internationally recognized prostate cancer surgeon, Dr. Sanda is an expert in robotic prostatectomy and robotic cystectomy.
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Renee Sevvy-Hasterok LMSW, OSW-C

  • Patient Navigator
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Renee Sevvy-Hasterok LMSW, OSW-C

Renee Sevvy-Hasterok LMSW, OSW-C

Jay Shelton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Jay Shelton MD

Jay Shelton MD

  • Located at Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, Dr. Shelton treats lung and genitourinary cancer patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-6343

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with medical oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW
Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Ms. Tinsley works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976