We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed tumour in adult men in developed countries where there is a long life expectancy. It is an atypical and uncontrolled growth of the cells that make up the prostate gland.
If left untreated, the cancerous prostate cells can end up spreading to and invading distant parts of the body - especially lymph nodes and bones - and cause secondary tumours through a process known as metastasis.
Due to widespread knowledge of this tumour in the general population and the ease with which suspicion is established, 90% of cases in Spain are diagnosed when the cancer is still at a localised stage. This diagnosis is established by means of a blood analysis and rectal examination.
Some of the risk factors for this disease include:
Many men with prostate cancer are asymptomatic.
Often, the first sign of the disease is a chance finding of elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in a routine blood test. The disease may occasionally produce local symptoms related to prostate gland growth that may mimic those caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In these patients, bone pain is often related to more advanced stages of pancreatic cancer.
Experiencing urinary discomfort does not necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. Consult your doctor if you have any of these symptoms to make sure that you receive a proper diagnosis and course of treatment.
Prostate biopsies can cause some complications, but most of the time there are no sequelae. The most frequent ones are:
Depending on the aggressiveness of the tumour, the urologist will order the necessary complementary imaging tests to ascertain the clinical stage of the cancer. These tests may be: a computed axial tomography (CT) scan, a bone scan, a multiparametric MRI scan of the prostate or a positron emission tomography (PET) scan.
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