Prostate Cancer Program

The Prostate Cancer Program at Huntington Hospital provides advanced screening, diagnostic, surgical and radiation oncology services to individuals with prostate cancer. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies are among the best on the West Coast. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked our urology service #16 in the country.

Please contact our Prostate Cancer Nurse Navigator with any questions (626) 397-5071.

An RN navigator is a registered nurse who can assist patients and their families by offering education, support and coordination services in the process of diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Patient Pathway

Stage Cancer & Develop Treatment Plan

At Huntington Hospital we employ advanced diagnostic methods to accurately stage cancer and guide treatment decisions. We are one of the few hospitals on the West Coast to offer advanced 3T MRI diagnostic studies that more accurately detects whether a cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland to the surrounding tissues or organs. This state-of-the-art technology enables highly accurate staging of the cancer which prevents either over-treatment or under-treatment. We also use PET F-18, or positron emission tomography with a specific fluorine-18 tracer for diagnosis, staging and monitoring treatment of prostate cancer. Along with traditional imaging studies, including bone scans, CT scans and ultra-sound, these advanced technologies provide patients with information on the extent of their cancer so they may select the best treatment strategy and options.

Following a biopsy, tumor tissue samples are reviewed by multiple pathologists with special training in the area of prostate cancer to make sure the grade (Gleason’s score) of the prostate cancer is accurately described and interpreted.

A multidisciplinary team of prostate cancer specialists meets regularly to discuss cases and treatment in our tumor boards, to customize and tailor the best therapy for patients facing difficult treatment decisions. This also allows our patients the opportunity to consider new treatments and to participate in clinical trials.

Undergo Treatment: Radiation or Surgery

Radiation Oncology

Ramona Kyaw, M.D.

Led by Ramona Kyaw, M.D., the radiation oncology department brings together board-certified radiation oncologists specialized in prostate cancer care.

"Our radiation oncology program utilizes the most advanced therapeutic approaches available for the treatment of prostate cancer. You will be in good hands with our team."

- Dr. Ramona Kyaw, radiation oncology program

Leading edge radiation therapies include 3-D reconstruction treatment planning with cone-beam CT and multi-leaf collimators, and two new state-of-the-art linear accelerators to deliver intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), allowing a more precise delivery of radiotherapy with avoidance of normal tissue which can minimize treatment side effects.

Surgery

Huntington Hospital is one of the first regional hospitals in Southern California to offer the daVinci robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy procedure in treating prostate cancer. Your care team will determine if surgery is the right treatment option for your cancer, and whether robotic radical prostatectomy is right for you.

Medical Director Armen H. Dikranian, MD, Robotic Surgery Program

Armen Dikranian, MDIn addition to serving as our medical director of robotic surgery, Dr. Dikranian is also chief of surgery at Huntington Hospital. He has extensive experience in urology and advanced robotic surgery.

"Fellowship-trained urologists offer new-generation robotic-assisted treatment for prostate cancer that shortens the hospital period to an overnight stay, reduces post-surgical pain, creates less blood loss than the traditional open retropubic radical prostatectomy, and minimizes post-operative sexual impotency and incontinence."

- Armen Dikranian, MD, medical director, robotic surgery program

Dr. Dikranian attended college at the University of Southern California, and continued on at USC Medical School. He went on to complete two years of general surgery training and four years of urology residency at the Kaiser Foundation Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Find a Surgeon

See our Physician Directory to find a urologic oncology surgeon at Huntington Hospital.

Engage Support Services

As a patient in the Prostate Cancer program at Huntington Hospital, you will receive comprehensive support services as you receive your diagnosis, undergo treatment, and begin your recovery.

Integrative Oncology

We offer integrative oncology services as part of our support network to balance the whole person - physically, mentally and emotionally - while state-of-the-art conventional medicine does its work.

Learn more about Integrative Oncology at Huntington Hospital.

Community Outreach Prostate Education Group (COPE)

Free support group, providing education and discussion for men with prostate cancer. Spouses and family members are welcome to attend, refreshments will be served.

This group meets the first Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Check our Events Calendar for up-to-date schedule information.

Stress Management/Group Meditation Program

Huntington Cancer Center hosts this free stress management / group meditation group. Many people with cancer feel stressed, helpless and isolated. Let us help you make your recovery easier.

This 6-session group meets on Tuesdays in the Huntington Pavilion North Lobby. Sessions are free but seating is limited, RSVP is required.

Check our Events Calendar for up-to-date schedule information and RSVP instructions.

Somatic Stress Relief Program (TRE)

Learn to release stress and chronic tension using simple and gentle vibrations in the body (therapeutic tremors).

This is a free 5-week group program but seats are limited so RSVPs are required.

Check our Events Calendar for up-to-date schedule information and RSVP instructions.

Therapeutic Massage

Massage therapy benefits include reduction of muscle and joint pain, softening of surgical and scar tissues, improved sleep, and much more.

Massage therapy sessions cost $40 for 30 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes, and $80 for 80 minutes. No tipping is allowed.

Learn more by downloading the Massage Therapy flyer.

Nutrition for Cancer Survivors

This free nutrition class will help cancer patients who have completed treatment focus on a healthy path to wellness.

Nutrition classes meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Learn more by downloading the Nutrition Class for Cancer Survivors flyer.

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