For more information, call: 573-331-3000

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Facts

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in their lives. Prostate cancer is an uncontrolled malignant growth of cells in the prostate gland. This gland helps control urination and makes the prostate fluid that is added to the semen.


The key to treating prostate cancer is to catch it in its earliest stages. An enlarged prostate gland that causes trouble when urinating could be an early symptom of prostate cancer. Men between the ages of 40 and 75 should have their prostate gland examined, especially if there is a history of prostate cancer in their family.


Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau offers a team approach to diagnosis the early symptoms of prostate cancer, including:

  • Rectal exams
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test
  • Gleason Grading System


Saint Francis provides the latest in surgery and new prostate cancer treatments, including:

  • da Vinci® S HD™ System
  • CyberKnife® Robotic RadioSurgery System
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy

Support Groups

Saint Francis Medical Center offers the I Can Cope program to prostate cancer patients and their families. This program gives patients an opportunity to share their concerns with others having similar experiences and to help them design ways to cope with the challenges that arise from a cancer diagnosis. Speakers include healthcare professionals in cancer management. Videos, print materials and discussions provide up-to-date information for patients and their families and friends.

I Can Cope meets the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Saint Francis Cancer Institute. To learn more about I Can Cope, call 573-334-2230.