Topic: “Treatment Advances in Prostate Cancer” Part 1 (Cancer Educ Series) PT 6
Joseph Cardinale, M.D., Medical Director
Father Michael J. McGivney, Cancer Center & head of the Radiation Oncology Section.
Dr. Ralph DeVito, Urology Section Chief at the Hospital of Saint Raphael
Telephone number for Father Michael J. McGivney Center For Cancer Care:
Hospital of Saint Raphael: (203) 789-3131; Web site: www.srhs.org
American Cancer Society -1·800·ACS·2345 - www.cancer.org
Community Participants: Dottie Green, Clive Spencer, Norman Forrester, Roderick Richardson, and Xavier Pettway
Some of the questions addressed on the program:
- What are the cancer basics?
- What is the epidemiology of prostate cancer?
- What do doctors do during the workup and medicals aspects that lead to diagnosis
- How do doctors take care of cancer patients?
- What are some of the potential treatments?
- What about new technology?
- What are the main factors that determine the type of treatment offered? (Age, stage, type, family history?)
- The Laparoscopic Approach- benefits, challenges, outcomes, etc.
- DaVinci Video presented
Questions from studio audience (audience members spent 30 mins with the doctors before the program went on the air; some of these questions were addressed during that time)
- What are the signs and symptoms that prostate cancer might be present?
- What are the most effective preventive or proactive steps men can and should take?
- Are there different forms of prostate cancer (aggressive, less aggressive, etc.)
- What are the most effective forms of treatment for prostate cancer?
- Does the effectiveness of the treatment depends on the type of cancer someone has?
- Does the type of surgery affect cancer recurrence or survival?
- Is there less blood loss with laparoscopic surgery?
- What are the disadvantages of not being hands-on?
- How do the recovery times for people going through open surgery and laparoscopic surgery compare?
(DaVinci Robotic video gave excellent explanation of benefits and reduced risks)
The doctors also discussed Black men getting prostate at an earlier age & provided info about Hispanic and Caucasian men, age, family history, etc.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) provides information about cancer, including various publications. You can order these materials by telephone or on the Internet. You can also read them online and print your own copy.
All of the information below has been copied directly from the NCI web site at: www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/prostate
The NCI also has a very comprehensive booklet with a wealth of excellent information about all types of cancers. Please visit the NCI web site listed above to learn more.
Some words in the "Dictionary" have a "sounds-like" spelling to show how to pronounce them.
· Telephone (1-800-4-CANCER): Information Specialists at NCI's Cancer Information Service can answer your questions about cancer. They also can send you NCI booklets, fact sheets, and other materials.
· Internet (http://www.cancer.gov): You can use NCI's Web site to find a wide range of up-to-date information. For example, you can find many NCI booklets and fact sheets at :
People in the United States and its territories may use this Govt. Web site to order printed copies. This Web site also explains how people outside the United States can mail or fax their requests for NCI booklets.
You can ask questions online and get help right away from Information Specialists through LiveHelp at: http://www.cancer.gov/cis
These are the Stages of Prostate Cancer:
· Stage I: The cancer cannot be felt during a digital rectal exam. It is found by chance when surgery is done for another reason, usually for BPH. The cancer is only in the prostate.
· Stage II: The cancer is more advanced, but it has not spread outside the prostate.
· Stage III: The cancer has spread outside the prostate. It may be in the seminal vesicles. It has not spread to the lymph nodes.
· Stage IV: The cancer may be in nearby muscles and organs (beyond the seminal vesicles). It may have spread to the lymph nodes. It may have spread to other parts of the body.
· Recurrent cancer is cancer that has come back (recurred) after a time when it could not be detected. It may recur in or near the prostate, or it may recur in any other part of the body, such as the bones.
You may want to ask the doctor these questions before having a biopsy:
· Where will the biopsy take place? Will I have to go to the hospital?
· How long will it take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
· What are the risks? What are the chances of infection or bleeding after the biopsy?
· How long will it take me to recover?
· How soon will I know the results?
· If I do have cancer, who will talk to me about the next steps? When?
Saint Raphael's Community Outreach
- The Hospital of Saint Raphael is continuing its outreach to men in Greater New Haven to screen for prostate and colorectal cancer.
- Project Brotherhood, sponsored by Bayer, is gearing up for its third screening in April.
- Project Brotherhood’s second screening on Sept 19, 2006, had a specific goal to attract African-American men over age 45 and the underserved in the community.
- More than 160 men from Greater New Haven took part in Project Brotherhood’s free prostate and colorectal cancer screening Sept. 19, 2006 at the Father Michael J. McGivney Center For Cancer Care. Men streamed into the McGivney Center during the three-hour screening. The program is for all men in the Greater New Haven area. African-American men should get the screening starting at age 40, Hispanics and Caucasian men need to check at age 50, unless they have a family history of prostate cancer.
- OneWorld's community TV program "21st Century Conversations" and WYBC radio were instrumental in getting the word out. The project also got a boost from Dr. Reggie Mayo, superintendent of schools in New Haven, and Bishop William Philpot – both leaders in the community.
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