The American Institute For Diseases of The Prostate was founded on the principal
that prostate cancer, like a canary in a coal mine, is sign that something is
wrong with your overall health. However, very few institutions take the time
to assess patient care in this context. Further, many patients who come through
our doors have been treated in ways that not only are detrimental to their prostate
cancer, but also damage their longevity. AIDP operates under the idea that there
is no point in treating a life-threatening cancer if the patient is in danger
of dying from heart disease in a year. This is why each of our patient visits
last 2 hours in duration, giving our world-class team the time to truly assess
your health and tailor the perfect treatment for your specific case.
The Patience For Patients motto is our way of putting the patient before the
treatment so while some cancer institutions are interested in treating the disease
with cookie cutter treatments, AIDP focuses on the patient above all.
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Here at AIDP we begin tailoring your treatment strategy by first thoroughly staging
your cancer as well as evaluating your overall health.
Proper staging is the process of determining how far your cancer has spread.
Most cancers are staged using what is called the TNM approach. T stands for tumor
and includes information on the size of the original cancer within the prostate
gland and whether it has spread from one side of the gland to the opposite side.
We also determine if the tumor has spread outside the gland to adjacent organs.
N stands for lymph nodes and includes information on the number of lymph nodes
involved and where they are located. M stands for metastases and includes information
on whether the cancer has spread to bone, lung, liver, or other sites. Staging
is crucial because it plays a central role in deciding which form of treatment
is best. If you want a strategy that might offer ten, twenty, or thirty years
of disease control, you want a treatment plan that will kill all of the cancer
wherever it has spread.
your overall health is likewise a crucial preliminary step
to developing a strategy: because most men with prostate
cancer are over 65 many of our patients here at AIDP also
suffer from common ailments such as heart disease, diabetes,
and high cholesterol. Other cancers are also quite common
for men in this age group. These other ailments—and
the medications you may be on to treat them—all factor
into the treatment strategy we ultimately choose for your