Prostate

Learn the Function and Location of the Prostate

The prostate is a gland found only in men. Understanding the location and function of the prostate is key to explaining symptoms of prostate cancer and other non-cancerous conditions that can effect the prostate function. The prostate is located just beneath the bladder, between the penis and rectum, (see diagram below.) The urethra tube runs out of the bladder, through the center of the prostate, then to the penis, providing the path for urination. In aid of reproduction, prostate muscles help to expel sperm from the body while secreting seminal fluids that protect and nourish the sperm. Incontinence or sexual dysfunction can sometimes be caused by prostate cancer and even treatment for prostate cancer.

The prostate is a gland found only in men. Understanding the location and function of the prostate is key to explaining symptoms of prostate cancer and other non-cancerous conditions that can effect the prostate function. The prostate is located just beneath the bladder, between the penis and rectum, (see diagram below.) The urethra tube runs out of the bladder, through the center of the prostate, then to the penis, providing the path for urination. In aid of reproduction, prostate muscles help to expel sperm from the body while secreting seminal fluids that protect and nourish the sperm. Incontinence or sexual dysfunction can sometimes be caused by prostate cancer and even treatment for prostate cancer.

What is the Prostate?

  • The prostate is a walnut sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system.
  • The prostate is located beneath the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum.
  • The prostate makes some of the fluid that nourishes and protects sperm cells in the semen. Just behind the prostate are the seminal vesicles, which make most of the fluid for the semen.
  • The urethra is a tube that carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, running through the prostate.
  • The activity and growth of the prostate is stimulated by male hormones called androgens.
  • The main androgen is testosterone, produced by the testicles.
prostate anatomy diagram

Prostate Cancer Free

Thirty Six Prostate Cancer Experts have analyzed the treatment outcomes of over 100,000 patients across the globe, following these patients for up to 15 years. The success of a treatment is determined by monitoring PSA for years after treatment. This data is presented to you, so you can see which treatments leave patients prostate cancer free. Watch this video to learn more.

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Top Ten Steps for Prostate Cancer Patients

Expert advice for your fight against Prostate Cancer. Learn the Top Ten Steps, a guide through knowledge about the prostate, prostate cancer, diagnosis and treatment. Watch our video, introducing Edward Weber, MD. and hear his advice to men just diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Options

Which TREATMENTS are most likely to leave patients PROSTATE CANCER FREE?  Testing PSA  levels in thousands of patients for years following treatment, identifies which are most effective.  See which course of therapy worked best for patients with low to high risk cancer.   Get your copy of the study to discuss with your family and Doctor.

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