Piedmont Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Specialized Care for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Understanding Prostate Cancer Symptoms

At Piedmont Cancer the first step in treating prostate cancer is to establish an accurate diagnosis through diagnostic imaging or biopsy. 

The symptoms of prostate cancer occur when the enlarging prostate gland produces pressure on the urinary tract. They include difficulty stopping or starting urination, painful urination, frequent urination at night, blood in the urine and difficulty in getting an erection. Since some of these symptoms are much more likely due to benign enlargement of the prostate or urinary tract infection, it is important to discuss them with a doctor.

Prostate cancer is often asymptomatic, or without symptoms, and therefore a blood test called PSA is used to screen for the presence of this common tumor.

Prostate Imaging Expertise


Ultrasound of the prostate uses high-frequency soundwaves to produce an image of the prostate gland. These pictures can help to determine whether prostate cancer is present. Ultrasound is often recommended when the Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, level is elevated, a nodule is detected on rectal exam, or when worrisome urinary tract symptoms occur.


Magnetic resonance imaging uses magnetic fields to produce an image of the prostate. It is used to determine the extent of cancer in a patient with biopsy proven prostate cancer.

Patients with implanted devices (e.g., cardiac pacemaker) are often unable to have an MRI study.

When prostate cancer is suspected, the next step is to perform multiple needle biopsies of the prostate using a small needle. The biopsy tissue is studied under the microscope by a pathologist to look for the presence of cancer.

The analysis of the biopsy tissue is performed by an expert pathologist at Piedmont Cancer. This analysis will show whether prostate cancer is present or not, and if present, an estimate of how aggressive the tumor might be. This information is critical prior to discussions of treatment.

Contact a Piedmont Urologist

For an appointment with a Piedmont urologist close to your home, call Piedmont Cancer at 404-425-1800 or use our convenient Find a Doctor search.