In these unprecedented, difficult times, please take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family from the Covid-19 virus. A great resource is the dedicated COVID-19 page, maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); it provides the most up-to-date information on the overall situation, steps to prevent illness, symptoms, common questions, and information for specific audiences. Although the COVID-19 health pandemic is constantly on all our minds, the Urology Group of Princeton urges you to keep up with routine urology needs, not let your medications expire, and not let urologic issues or symptoms worsen. The Urology Group is open and available, using a telemedicine approach, to assist you with routine urology needs and respond to any questions or concerns you have. We will resume routine surgeries as soon as it is feasible and safe. To arrange a virtual health visit, please call the Urology Group at 609.924.6487. Please stay healthy and stay safe!
We first want to thank you for entrusting the Urology Group of Princeton with your care. Now, more than ever, it is clear just how important trust is between patients and their doctors; we greatly appreciate the confidence you have placed us. We encourage you to call the office if you have any questions or concerns; as always, we are here to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the time being, in lieu of in-person appointments, we are leveraging Google Meet to conduct virtual face-to-face visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual visit is similar to an office visit but is done using your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Using Google Meet, we can talk about your symptoms, review test results, discuss treatment plans or medications, and answer questions about your health and care. To arrange a virtual visit, please call the Urology Group at 609.924.6487. These are trying times for sure but together we will get through it. Rest assured that you and your health remain our primary concern; we are working diligently to ensure there are no gaps in your care while also working to ensure the health and safety of all our patients and staff. Thank you for your flexibility and, once again, for entrusting your care to the Urology Group of Princeton.
March is National Kidney Month, a time when communities across the country raise awareness about kidney disease. In partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), this year’s focus is the link between high blood pressure and kidney disease. If you have high blood pressure, you’re at risk for chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that can lead to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure, and death. The good news is that you can help protect your kidneys by managing high blood pressure with these 6 healthy lifestyle habits. Take medications as prescribed. Your doctor may prescribe blood pressure-lowering medications that are effective in slowing the development of kidney disease. Aim for a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, losing even a small amount of weight can improve blood pressure readings. Select healthier food and beverage options. Focus on fruits and vegetables, lean meat, whole grains, and other heart-healthy foods. Try to quit smoking. If you smoke, take steps to quit. Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Manage stress and make physical activity part of your routine. Consider healthy stress-reducing activities and get at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity each day. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Urology Group of Princeton, at 609.924.6487, to schedule an appointment.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While it is customary for men to get women gifts for this special day, many women will be trying to figure out a way to show their man how much they love them as well. While chocolates, cards, and intimacy is nice, what’s a better way to show him how much you truly care than protecting his health? With prostate cancer being the second most common cancer among men in the United States, encouraging the man in your life to get screened for prostate cancer is the perfect way to show that you want him around for a while. Prostate cancer is also known as the ‘silent killer,’ as many men often do not have any symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Therefore, early detection is key. With early detection, prostate cancer can be beat. Key prostate cancer statistics: 1 in 7 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime 2nd most common cancer among US men after skin cancer 2nd leading cause of death in US men after lung cancer 1 in 38 men will die of prostate cancer African-American men have highest risk; more likely to develop aggressive disease, be diagnosed at younger age, and 2.5 times as likely to die from it. Prostate cancer screening involves two main tests: a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). As of right now, these are the only two widely used tests available that are used in combination to screen for prostate cancer. The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. Prostate-specific antigen is a biomarker for prostate cancer. The only problem with the PSA test is that it is not specific for prostate cancer. If you have an elevated PSA, it may indicate other conditions besides prostate cancer such as a prostate infection or an enlarged prostate. Two other blood tests have been developed called the PHI test and the 4KScore test, which are becoming more widely used. Compared to the PSA test, the PHI test and 4KScore test are specific for prostate […]
Millions who suffer with urinary incontinence (leakage) feel like their bladder controls their lives. Control depends on muscles working together. When the bladder fills, the bladder muscles should be relaxed and the muscles around the urethra (the tube that urine passes through), called the pelvic floor muscles, should be tight. Exercises that strengthen these muscles can help prevent leakage and calm the urge to go. These are commonly called “Kegel” exercises, named after the doctor who developed them. They can help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and may reduce your problems with incontinence or frequent urges to urinate. Kegel Exercises to Strengthen your Pelvic Floor Muscles Once you locate your pelvic floor muscles you are ready to begin. The exercise involves squeezing then relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze the muscles for five seconds and then relax the muscles for five seconds. Be sure to take the time to relax between squeezes so that your muscles can rest before squeezing again. Each squeeze and relax counts as one repetition. Each set of kegel exercises should include three different positions: 10 repetitions lying down, 10 sitting, and 10 standing. Do one set in the morning and one set at night (or at least twice a day). Control Your Pelvic Floor Muscles. It may take some practice to learn to control your pelvic floor muscles. When doing the kegel exercises, relax your body as much as possible and concentrate on your pelvic floor muscles. To avoid using your stomach muscles, rest your hand lightly on your belly as you squeeze your pelvic floor muscles. Be sure that you do not feel any movement of your stomach. Do not hold your breath. To test whether you are tightening the wrong muscles, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles while sitting in front of a mirror. If you see that your body is moving up and down slightly, you are also using your buttocks or thigh muscles. When done properly, no one should be able to tell that you are squeezing your pelvic floor muscles – except for you. How Often Should I Exercise? Do […]
We’ve got some great ideas for festive treats that are healthy and tasty! These recipes are perfect for this holiday season, but can also be enjoyed year-round. Whether you’re hosting or hitting the road to join the party, delight your friends and family with these great bladder-friendly recipes! The following four recipes are made with ingredients less likely to irritate a sensitive bladder. Consider trying these recipes if you struggle with symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or Overactive Bladder (OAB). Caramel Popcorn This easy-to-follow recipe is a tasty and buttery sweet snack. It’s great to enjoy it while taking care of your bladder health. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 2 cups brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 quarts popped popcorn Directions Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring the mixture, then boil without stirring for five minutes. Turn off the burner and proceed to stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over the already popped popcorn that should be sitting in a large bowl; stir the combined contents to coat the popcorn. Place in large baking dishes and bake in the preheated oven; make sure to stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour. Remove from oven. Once it has fully cooled, you may begin breaking it into pieces. Serves about three people. Enjoy! Banana Almond Smoothie This recipe combines the great taste of bananas and almonds in a healthy smoothie. It’s a great treat for those with bladder issues such as IC or OAB. Ingredients 1 frozen peeled banana, broken into 3 – 4 chunks 1 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon almond butter Directions Combine all ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy! Candy Cane Cupcakes These treats are tempting and yummy to enjoy for the holiday season and beyond. These cupcakes provide a safe bet for those who have OAB and IC. Ingredients 1 box of white cake mix (roughly 18 oz.) […]
Every November, The Movember Foundation, the only global charity solely focused on men’s health, challenges men to grow a mustache to spark conversations and raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Started in Melbourne, Australia in 2003, Movember is now seen around the globe every November 1st – 30th, with campaigns in 21 countries. Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting key areas such as… Prostate and Testicular Cancer research and health services that contribute to less men dying from prostate and testicular cancer and to improve the quality of life for those that live with the disease, both physically and mentally. Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention programs that help men and boys stay mentally healthy. Since 2003, The Movember Foundation has empowered millions of men and women to join the global men’s health movement. Through the moustaches grown, the connections created, and the conversations generated, they’ve raised $710 million and helped fund more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects in 21 countries! For more information about Movember, or to make a donation, visit the official website at https://us.movember.com. For more information about prostate cancer, including detection, symptoms, and treatment options, visit our website at http://www.urologygroupofprinceton.com/?s=prostate.
Here are some important developments, surrounding treatment options for advanced prostate cancer, that we are keeping a watchful eye on. A new androgen receptor inhibitor drug, darolutamide, may soon be a treatment option for patients with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC). Non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer is a clinical state in which men who are being treated with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) see their PSA levels begin to rise (indicating the cancer has become resistant to ADT and is starting to grow again), but no metastases are visible yet on scans.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month; in light of that we’d like to share the following information, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation.
Only men have a prostate gland. This walnut-shaped gland sits below the bladder. The prostate surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body.
Robotic prostatectomy surgery is minimally invasive, it carries many benefits over traditional open surgery such as more precise removal of cancerous tissue, faster recovery and return to normal activities, and lower risk of complications and wound infection.