H. Ballentine Carter, M.D.

H. Ballentine Carter, M.D.

H. Ballentine Carter, M.D., is professor of urology and oncology and the director of adult urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He has written extensively on the diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer. In particular, he has performed research on the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test: how results change as men age; the variability of results in men with prostate cancer; and the test’s use in staging, predicting, and managing prostate cancer.

Dr. Carter chaired the American Urological Association guideline panel that made recommendations for prostate cancer diagnosis. He leads one of the largest active surveillance programs in the United States to monitor men with prostate cancer who do not need immediate treatment. Results from this program have been used to inform guidelines for the management of men with early prostate cancer.

Dr. Carter has had research articles published in a number of publications, including The Journal of Urology, Urology, Cancer Research, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Latest Articles by H. Ballentine Carter, M.D.

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Prostate Cancer

Immunotherapy: A Promising Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Immunotherapy offers new hope for men with castration-resistant prostate cancer.

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Prostate Cancer

MRI Scan Could Spare You From Prostate Biopsy

If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, having an MRI scan might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy.

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Prostate Cancer

What Is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a serious and common health problem among American men. Here's what you should know, including symptoms, screening, and diagnosis.

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Prostate Cancer

Making Sense of Prostate Cancer Tumor Stages

The TNM staging system describes how far prostate cancer has spread and helps determine appropriate treatment options.

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Prostate Cancer

What's Your Prostate Cancer Risk Group?

Prostate cancer risk can range from very low to high-risk, and your treatment options depend on where you fall on that scale.

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Prostate Cancer

Taking a "Drug Holiday" With Prostate Cancer

An on-off treatment cycle may help boost your response if androgen treatments are becoming less effective. Here’s what you should know.

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Prostate Cancer

Understanding Prostate Cancer Risk Factors

Prostate cancer risk can be determined by age, race, and family history, as well as diet and lifestyle factors. Here's what you should know.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Treatment: When to Wait

If you have low-risk prostate cancer, don't jump right into treatment. A wait-and-see approach could be the right way to go.