The Center for Prostate Cancer
Personalized Treatment. Clinical Excellence.
Call (516) 734-7600 to schedule an appointment.
450 Lakeville Road, Lake Success, NY.
Leaders in Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research
The Center for Prostate Cancer at the North Shore-LIJ Health System is the premier referral center for prostate cancer care in the region. Our Center is one of a select number of specialized facilities in the Northeast and the only one in the metropolitan area dedicated to prostate cancer patients.
There are many ways prostate cancer may be treated, and our expert team and advanced services will educate patients on their best options and provide the highest quality care.
The Center for Prostate Cancer is spearheading pioneering research programs in collaboration with the newly founded Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine to develop personalized treatment options based on the specific characteristics of each patient’s tumor.
Since our Center is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, we provide the support of full-service hospitals to care for the whole patient.
Unique approaches to prostate cancer treatment offered here include:
- Advanced diagnostic techniques to determine which men are candidates for active surveillance and which need aggressive treatment
- Minimally invasive surgical techniques that may permit treatment to lessen the recovery and hospitalization
- A leader in innovative treatments, vaccines and clinical trials
- Latest radiation technology and treatments that provide high doses of radiation safely and precisely
- Multidisciplinary patient care team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that balances potential side effects and benefits of treatment. They will continue to monitor your care and communicate regularly with you and your referring physician about your progress.
The Patient Experience
Each patient is evaluated, counseled, and provided with a definitive course of treatment and supportive care within days of referral to the Center. All new patients are seen by key members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in a comfortable and caring office setting.
- Initial patient evaluation serves as the gateway for patients entering the Center and as the cornerstone for all subsequent care. The evaluation transforms the potentially cumbersome evaluation process by multiple providers into an efficient, satisfying experience from the perspective of patients and providers alike. The initial workup, including images from our radiologists and lab work, is coordinated to develop a plan for subsequent treatment.
- Coordinated multidisciplinary evaluation of patients by Urology, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology may take place the same day as the initial visit. All patients receive an orientation and one-on-one educational/social support session. Patients leave the office with treatment recommendations, a plan, and personalized educational materials, contact numbers and appointment times with specific team members.
- Treatment and surveillance management is performed by each participating service. However, multidisciplinary prostate oncology team meetings ensure overall coordination of each patient’s entire treatment phase. This review is designed to make sure each patient reaches treatment milestones.
A dynamic approach to treatment
Our doctors define and redefine treatment goals based on how the disease unfolds and the patient’s needs and tailor treatment based on the specifics of the patient’s disease.
The most advanced surgical treatment of prostate cancer
A more precise approach to radiation therapy
The Department of Radiation Medicine has internationally recognized radiation oncologists who have pioneered the latest techniques in radiation delivery, including seed implantation, external radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy and robotic stereotactic radiation therapy.
Innovative systemic therapies and investigative approaches
Prostate cancer becomes systemic when it spreads beyond the actual prostate. In such cases, the disease is usually present in the lymph nodes and bones, and symptoms can be wide-ranging. The Center for Prostate Cancer has many tools to provide customized treatments for the systemic disease.
For prostate cancer limited to the prostate, the Center is currently investigating the use of robotic stereotactic radiation therapy. This promising form of radiation therapy has the ability to deliver a very precise and high dose of radiation to the prostate in a non-invasive way and in a shorter treatment interval than traditional radiation therapy.
Our Team of Specialists
New patients are generally seen within two weeks of referral. At their first appointment, patients will meet the genitourinary cancer specialists who will be involved in their care. These specialists may include:
- Urologists and surgical oncologists. Experienced in the latest prostate cancer surgery approaches, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery
- Radiation oncologists. Specialize in delivering the optimal therapeutic dose while protecting healthy tissue
- Medical oncologists. Prescribe the most effective treatments, including hormone therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and vaccines
In addition, patients may also see:
- Pathologists. Specialize in urologic cancers
- Radiologists. Specialize in genitourinary cancer imaging
- Oncology nurses and nurse practitioners. Specialize in cancer care
- Oncology psychiatrists and social workers. Experienced in helping with the cognitive side effects of cancer and treatment, as well the emotional and spiritual side of the cancer experience
- Nutritionist. Helps with questions about diet and nutrition during treatment
Specialized Expertise and Technology
Our prostate pathologists are amongst the world leaders in diagnosing and evaluating prostate tissue. The Center for Prostate Cancer uses advanced technologies to provide critical information that is used in treatment planning and assessing a patient’s response to treatment, including:
Circulating tumor cells. The role of evaluating cancer cells in the blood is new and may better dictate treatment. The Center for Prostate Cancer will routinely obtain this information to help guide the best treatment approach and for the evaluation of each treatment.
Advanced imaging. The Center is one of a handful of centers testing and refining the use of MRI techniques to gauge patient disease and response. Our team of radiologists and physicians are pioneering the use of imaging techniques for prostate cancer treatment, including the use of computed tomography (CT), dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), 3 Tesla magnets and positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET-CT) to stage and evaluate early treatment response in patients.
Prostate Cancer - What is the Best Treatment?
Courtesy of ABC World News Tonight
North Shore-LIJ’s chair of radiation medicine Dr. Louis Potters discusses new British study that raises questions about the most effective prostate treatments for elderly men.