- What is prostate cancer?
- Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
- What is our Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment?
- What testing does the Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment involve?
- 3 Hour Consultation with a Naturopathic Physician/Professor of Urology
- A Comprehensive, Written Report of Your Results
- Benefits of our Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment
- Where is the clinic located?
- How to book this prostate cancer risk assessment
It is important for your own safety and peace of mind to check whether you have prostate cancer and, if so, how dangerous it is.
The standard conventional medical diagnostic for prostate cancer is the prostate biopsy.
However, the problem with a prostate biopsy is that it is invasive. As a result, it almost invariably causes infections and, in rare cases, even life-threatening ones.
It is also generally painful, and in a significant minority of cases, it can leave long-term effects on sexual performance.
Perhaps the most significant and worrisome consequence of the prostate biopsy is that it has the potential to spread any prostate cancer that may be present to the rest of your prostate.
Therefore, this screening procedure can potentially change a relatively benign prostate cancer into a virulent and life-threatening one.
In our opinion, a far safer and gentler alternative is the Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment (APCRA). The APCRA is a natural and non-invasive way to check whether you have prostate cancer.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about our Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment.
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is a malignant disease that can impact any section of the prostate. Yet, it typically occurs in the lateral lobes.
The odds of prostate cancer increase with age. Roughly 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in male patients older than 65 and rarely in anyone under 40.
Cancer cells are dangerous because they clump together to create tumors. A growing tumor is more than capable of destroying normal cells. It can damage the healthy tissues of the human body, or in this case, the prostate tissue.
Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer won’t always cause obvious signs. That is until it grows big enough to put pressure on the tube in charge of carrying the urine.
When that happens, patients can develop the following prostate cancer symptoms.
- Painful urination.
- Difficulty urinating or weak flow.
- Nighttime urination (nocturia).
- Loss of bladder control.
- Blood in your urine (hematuria).
- Blood in your semen.
- Painful ejaculation.
- Persistent pain that feels like it originates in the bones.
- Increased frequency or easy fractures and breaks.
- Swelling in your legs and pelvic area.
- Numbness in the feet, legs, and hips.
What is our Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment?
The Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment (APCRA) consists of non-invasive blood tests and specialized color Doppler scans to check whether you have prostate cancer.
The variety and sophistication of some of these new blood tests make this a very realistic alternative to a prostate biopsy, especially if you have a preference for natural or non-invasive diagnostics and treatments.
After this testing, you will receive a thorough, 3-hour consultation from a Naturopathic Physician who is also a Professor of Urology and a very detailed, written report of your results to be discussed during the appointment.
Because the results of all the additional tests will not be available at the time of your first visit, your payment also covers a further diagnostic session over the telephone for up to one hour once all your results are back.
In other words, you will receive a preliminary diagnosis at the time of your first visit, but the additional data provided by the comprehensive bank of tests will give a much stronger and more certain basis for diagnosis.
What testing does the Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment involve?
Your APCRA includes the TRUSP, CaP lab panel, PCA-3, TMPRSS2/ERG, saliva testosterone/sex hormone panel (testosterone total, free testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, pregnenolone, Dihydro-testosterone).
The lab panel includes; PSA, FREE PSA, PAP, CRP, Complete blood count, Comprehensive metabolic panel.
You will receive a scan using a four-dimensional Power Color Doppler Ultrasound. This new generation of Power Color Doppler Ultrasound is capable of very fine detection, especially in the hands of an expert.
The 4KScore test can be added at an additional cost.
3 Hour Consultation with a Naturopathic Physician/Professor of Urology
The APCRA includes a thorough, 3-hour consultation from a Naturopathic Physician who is also a Professor of Urology.
He will walk you through the results of his assessment and explain every aspect and option available to you while also answering any questions you may have. Your consultation will be like an educational mini-seminar about the real issues facing you as a patient.
Overall, he will help you understand how the system is managing you and what to ask your doctor to maximize your own goals.
These goals may include avoiding a biopsy, when to determine if conventional treatments are ever warranted, and how to discuss your choice of refusing an unnecessary biopsy or surgery with a concerned family member.
In most cases, he will be able to tell you whether there is a tumor present, if it is already outside the prostate envelope, and how dangerous it is. It will also confirm if you have BPH or prostatitis.
A Comprehensive, Written Report of Your Results
You will receive a very detailed report of your results to be discussed in your 3-hour consultation. This report is particularly important because it provides a detailed baseline upon which to make judgments in subsequent years. It will also enable you to see to what extent your therapies are working.
You can show this report to your own doctor if you wish. It also means that it can be used for valuable baseline data and analysis, should you decide to have your prostate monitored or diagnosed elsewhere.
Most importantly, it allows you to postpone having a biopsy, possibly making it unnecessary for you ever to have a prostate biopsy at all.
Benefits of our Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment
When patients usually visit a doctor they expect scans and tests but very little interaction with the actual doctor. The APCRA, however, is very different.
One major benefit of APCRA is that you will receive a very detailed report to discuss in the 3-hour consultation. A naturopathic physician and Professor of Urology will be your consultant. And he, more than any other urologist, doctor, or surgeon, can tell you about your risk of prostate cancer and the options for treatment.
Most urologists have a preference for the treatment that they provide. Your consultant offers no treatment personally, since his specialty is to give doctors and patients second opinions about prostate cancer. Therefore, he has no agenda and is entirely free to offer honest, independent advice.
That consultation alone makes our APCRA the best option you could choose to have. The professor of urology attending you will try and help with any information you need to make your decision. But he will not attempt to sway you one way or the other. This is a decision only you can make.
The tests and scans that you will have will enable your consulting urologist to explain your current level of danger. He will answer every question that you have to help you arrive at your own conclusion.
Apart from that, the greatest additional benefits are that it is non-invasive, does no damage, and doesn’t close off any avenues for future treatment.
Only when you know exactly what’s happening inside your prostate can you make informed judgments about whether you should have treatment, what treatment to have, and potentially monitor the results of any treatment you do have.
Where is the clinic located?
The clinic is in Arizona, near Phoenix.
How to book this prostate cancer risk assessment
The Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment (APCRA) is a non-invasive and entirely natural alternative to check whether you have prostate cancer.
If you decide to have an APCRA, you will receive a specialized scan, examination, and a whole battery of tests.
After this testing, you will receive a thorough, 3-hour consultation from a Naturopathic Physician who is also a Professor of Urology and a very detailed, written report with your results to be discussed during the appointment, as well as a follow-up telephone call with the doctor and a further personal telephone consultation with our support team. We will be able to discuss your options and the pros and cons of various treatments, should your results indicate them.
Keep in mind that the APCRA is not accepted as a definitive prostate cancer diagnosis and, for that reason, will not be paid for by health insurance.