Prostate cancer

At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre we know that a cancer diagnosis is a life changing event. We also know that every cancer is different, just like every person is different. We are dedicated to supporting and guiding you throughout your care. On this page you can learn about symptoms of prostate cancer and the potential treatment pathway.

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What is prostate cancer?

The prostate gland is an important part of the male reproductive system and prostate cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in this part of the body.It is a common cancer in men, and is often first identified in the later stages of life. However, prostate cancer can affect males 50 years or younger. There is a blood test called the prostate specific antigen, or PSA, that may be increased if a person has prostate cancer. If someone’s PSA is elevated, his doctor may decide to do further tests to see if he has prostate cancer.

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

This type of cancer usually has no symptoms but if you have any of the following symptoms please see your doctor. These symptoms may also occur for ailments other than cancer. Your doctor will advise if you need tests and where you should go to have these tests. 

  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Pain when urinating
  • Needing to urinate more often than usual
  • Unexplained lower back, hip or upper thigh pain
  • Blood in the urine or semen
This information should not be used to replace medical advice.

Can I be treated at the ONJ Centre?

Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, your doctor or specialist can make a referral to the ONJ Centre for your cancer treatment. You can ask to be referred here, regardless of your insurance status or the stage of your treatment. The ONJ Centre is part of Austin Health, a leading Australian public hospital.

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