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Prostate Cancer Center

The UCSF Prostate Cancer Center provides comprehensive, cutting-edge care to patients with prostate cancer as well as men at high risk of developing the condition. With an emphasis on early screening and detection, our center offers a range of services, from active surveillance for low-risk cancers to the latest techniques for cancers at all stages, whether localized (confined to the prostate gland) or advanced (spread to tissues beyond the pelvis). UCSF is a major research center for later-stage prostate cancer and offers the best treatments available.

We also connect patients with integrative medicine services (in which experts combine complementary therapies with mainstream treatments), nutrition and lifestyle counseling, support groups and educational resources. Our mission is to optimize our patients' quality of life during treatment and beyond.

Our team of experts includes urologic cancer surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and other subspecialists. In addition to caring for patients, our doctors are at the forefront of prostate cancer research and strive to quickly translate new findings into more effective methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Dealing with treatment side effects

Pelvic Muscle Exercises

Pelvic muscle exercises, also known as kegels, are an essential part of improving incontinence and preventing it from worsening. Learn more.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects millions of men and occurs for a range of reasons, but there are also many treatments that allow you to continue a satisfying sexual life.

Penile Injections

Although you probably find the idea of injecting something into your penis unappealing, many men are highly satisfied with this therapy. Learn why.

Patient education

Guide to Coping with Prostate Cancer

Learning you have prostate cancer can be a shock but there are many strategies and support systems to help you cope.

Nutrition and Prostate Cancer

Good nutrition may reduce the incidence of prostate cancer and help reduce the risk of prostate cancer progression. Learn more.

Prostate Cancer Glossary

Navigating a diagnosis of prostate cancer and the many tests and treatments means learning a whole new vocabulary. This glossary can help.

Rankings & achievements

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • Best in Northern California for cancer care (tie)

  • usnews-urology

    Best in Northern California for urology

  • n1-2x

    in NIH funding for urology research

  • NIH-2x

    Designated comprehensive cancer center

  • Commission on Cancer accredited program

  • A founding member of this alliance of the world’s top cancer centers

  • Rated high-performing hospital for prostate cancer surgery

Care providers

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  • Urologic oncology (15)
  • Medical oncology (11)
  • Radiation oncology (7)

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    Patient Conference on Prostate Cancer

    Co-hosted by UCSF’s cancer center and the California Prostate Cancer Coalition, this annual conference provides an outstanding opportunity to hear the latest on prostate cancer care from leading experts.

    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Prostate Cancer Program Research

      The UCSF Prostate Cancer Program conducts research aimed at discovering how prostate cancer develops and progresses, finding the best methods of predicting patient outcomes and developing treatments to improve these outcomes

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      UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Research

      UCSF is home to a range of research initiatives aimed at improving outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. This includes research on topics such as immunotherapy, BRCA mutations and molecular diagnostic testing.

    Clinical trials

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    A Phase 1 Safety and Efficacy Study of IS-002 Injection in Patients Undergoing Robotic Prostatectomy Using the da Vinci® Surgical System With Firefly® Fluorescent Imaging

    This is a Phase 1, single-site, interventional clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of IS-002 intravenous (IV) injection for fluorescent identification and delineation of the positive cancer margins and metastatic lymph nodes during prostatectomy surgery using the da Vinci® X/Xi Surgical System with Firefly® Fluorescent Imaging.

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    A Randomized Clinical Trial of Exercise vs. Usual Care Among Men Opting for Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

    The AS RCT study is a randomized controlled trial of 16-weeks aerobic exercise (home-based walking) vs. usual care among men with prostate cancer on active surveillance.

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    A Randomized Controlled Trial of Diet & Exercise Interventions Among Men With Prostate Cancer - II (Prostate 8-II)

    The Prostate 8-II study is a 2-year randomized controlled trial of testing different combinations of educational and supportive tools related to diet and exercise to evaluate biological, clinical, and quality of life outcomes in men choosing radical prostatectomy as treatment for prostate cancer.

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    A Phase 3 Study of Androgen Annihilation in High-Risk Biochemically Relapsed Prostate Cancer

    This is a randomized, open-label, three-arm, phase 3 study in men with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer and PSA doubling time ≤ 9 months at the time of study entry.

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    177Lu-PSMA-617 and Pembrolizumab in Treating Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

    This phase Ib trial studies the dose and schedule of 177Lu-PSMA-617 and pembrolizumab in treating patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to other places in the body.

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    A Phase 1 Study of FOR46 in Patients With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)

    This study will test the safety and efficacy of FOR46 given every 21 days to patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

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    NRG- GU 008: Randomized Phase III Trial Incorporating Abiraterone Acetate with Prednisone and Apalutamide and Advanced Imaging into Salvage Treatment for Patients with Node-Positive Prostate Cancer After Radical Prostatectomy

    This phase III trial studies how well adding apalutamide, abiraterone acetate, and prednisone to the usual hormone therapy and radiation therapy works compared to the usual hormone therapy and radiation therapy in treating patients with node-positive prostate cancer after surgery.

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    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
    Zion.

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    Your Doctor Visit

    See our top 10 tips for making your UCSF doctor’s appointment as stress-free and productive as possible.

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    Support services

    Support Group

    Cancer Support Groups

    These groups offered by the Ida and Joseph Friend Patient and Family Cancer Support Center are free and available to all patients, whether or not you get your health care at UCSF.

    Support Group

    Peer Support Programs for Cancer

    Patients are matched with peer support volunteers according to criteria such as diagnosis, cancer stage, age or gender. Speak to someone who's "been there."

    Patient Resource

    Patient & Family Cancer Support Center

    The center offers wellness programming, community, support groups, classes, workshops and more at no cost to people facing cancer and their loved ones.

    Fitness

    Cancer Exercise Counseling

    Our one-on-one exercise training sessions, customized for your needs and abilities, can complement other cancer treatments and speed your recovery.

    Patient Resource

    Cancer Nutrition Counseling

    UCSF Health offers free nutrition counseling to our patients with cancer, as well as nutrition seminars that are open to anyone. Learn more.

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