Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men. It is second only to lung cancer as the cause of cancer deaths.

However, our experts know that prostate cancer is very treatable. And they have the skills and compassion to bring you and your family through prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate gland which is part of the male reproductive system. The gland makes and stores seminal fluid, a milky fluid that nourishes sperm and is released to form part of semen.

Patient story

Neal Prochnow

Just one night in the hospital thanks to robotic surgery: Neal's story

Neal Prochnow didn’t let surgery for prostate cancer slow him down. Prochnow, 71, is a River Falls resident and a retired dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prostate Cancer, can-ahc-14188 (3/02); Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Prostate Seed Implant Therapy, radonc-ahc-23435 (1/09); Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, 2008 Outcomes Report; National Cancer Institute, Prostate Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)
Reviewed By: Lisa Hiedeman, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program and Heather Christie, RN coordinator, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute Prostate Cancer Program
First Published: 09/22/2009
Last Reviewed: 09/22/2009

male anatomy

The prostate gland is located at the base of your penis, just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It produces a fluid that carries semen during ejaculation. The size and shape of the prostate gland varies, but it is usually about 2 inches in diameter.