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Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is not preventable, so it's important to understand your prostate cancer risk and screening options. The Burns & McDonald High-Risk Prostate Cancer Screening Program provides vital tools, including prostate-specific antigen testing, to help with early detection of prostate cancer, when it is most treatable.

According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no specific normal or abnormal level of PSA in the blood. In the past, PSA levels of 4.0 ng/mL and lower were considered normal. However, some individuals with PSA levels below 4.0 ng/mL have prostate cancer and many with higher PSA levels between 4 and 10 ng/mL do not have prostate cancer.

For example, you may have a PSA level of 5 ng/mL or higher but have a negative biopsy. It's possible for your PSA levels to be elevated when cancer isn't present, and to not be elevated when cancer is present.

In either situation, we can help because we have the expertise and screening options to provide you with answers.

The goal of the program is to personalize prostate cancer testing – based on your risk factors, general health and screening goals – and to closely monitor high-risk patients. Patients receive comprehensive PSA laboratory testing and services delivered by cancer doctors and advanced practice providers from numerous specialties, at multiple convenient locations 5 days a week.

Our services include:

  • Multidisciplinary approach to prostate cancer prevention and care
  • Consultation regarding monitoring options and standard prevention therapies
  • Dietitian counseling available
  • Development of lifestyle strategies, including diet modification and exercise recommendations
  • Access to clinical research trials
  • Prostate cancer risk assessment and education for family members
  • Genetic screening/genetic counseling

We focus on all men at risk for prostate cancer, including:

  • African Americans
  • Men over age 50
  • Men with a prior history of elevated PSA blood test
  • Men who have an abnormal prostate examination
  • Men who have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Men who have a family history of other cancers (breast, ovarian, pancreatic and Lynch syndrome)

Highly experienced prostate cancer screening team

Each patient in the program has access to a highly experienced group of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, a dietitian, research coordinators and others. These specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team to provide innovative prostate cancer testing and services at multiple convenient locations across the Kansas City metro. We screen patients at multiple sites and together the team works to create a treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

Advanced care, multidisciplinary approach

Our high-risk prostate cancer screening program is the first of its kind in the region. It is available to men from across the Kansas City area and beyond who are at high risk of developing prostate cancer.

Patients have access to comprehensive PSA testing and services delivered by cancer doctors from many specialties at locations throughout the Kansas City metro 5 days a week. The program is part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s effort to provide the region with the most advanced cancer prevention and care available anywhere.

For an appointment or referral

No referral is necessary. Contact us if you are a patient at high risk for developing prostate cancer or a physician who is referring a patient for the high-risk program.

For more information
Patients: 913-588-1227 | 844-323-1227
Physicians: 913-588-5862 | 877-588-5862

Prostate cancer patient Al Wallace.

Timing is everything

Thanks to an annual physical, sports anchor Al Wallace received an early prostate cancer diagnosis that saved his life.

Al's story

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