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.
A vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control, except abstinence. Statistics show that around 600,000 men, in the United States alone, choose vasectomy for birth control each year.
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that occurs in most men as they age, is the medical term for an enlarged prostate gland. Considered to be a normal part of the aging process, caused by changes in hormone balance and in cell growth, BPH is usually not a serious problem. It can, however, be problematic, causing urinary problems such as: Trouble getting a urine stream started and/or completely stopped (i.e. dribbling). Feeling like you always need to urinate, including waking up several times during the night to urinate. A weak urine stream. A sense that the bladder is not completely empty even after urination. In more serious cases, BPH can cause the bladder to be blocked, making it impossible or extremely hard to urinate. In these cases, backed-up urine (aka urinary retention) can lead to bladder infections, kidney stones, or kidney damage. Until relatively recently, treatment options for serious cases of BPH required medication and surgical procedures that often left patients dealing with side effects that included erection problems (i.e. ED) and retrograde ejaculation (i.e. the flow of semen backward into the bladder). That’s why the Urology Group of Princeton is excited to provide a non-surgical, minimally invasive option, called UroLift ®, as an alternative to traditional surgical methods. Boasting a 90% success rate, the UroLift ® procedure is performed in some patients even without the need for general anesthesia. The process involves using small titanium implants in the prostate to hold obstructing tissue away from the urethra, thereby relieving the symptoms of BPH. Although patients may experience pelvic discomfort and blood in the urine for a few days, they can usually return to regular activities within 48 hours. Data, accumulated on the procedure over the last 5 years, shows that about 10 percent of patients may need to have implants replaced. Urolift ® is reversible and insurance generally covers all costs. If you are experiencing symptoms of BPH, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment and find out if the UroLift ® procedure is right for you.
This month, we’d like to share the following article, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), testicular cancer is relatively rare . Roughly 1 out of every 250 men will develop the disease in their lifetime. However, the incidence rate of testicular cancer has been on the rise over the past several decades, and an estimated 9,310 men will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor One of the most important things you can do after being diagnosed is to have an ongoing, open dialogue with your doctor to make sure you stay informed and active about your care. Here is a list of questions to bring to your appointment. Tip: bring a notebook to write down their answers, or plan to record them on your phone. 1. What coping mechanisms do you recommend? A cancer diagnosis significantly impacts not only your physical health, but your mental and emotional well-being. Feelings of depression, anxiety, and fear are very common and considered normal reactions. Your health care team is an indispensable resource for helping you find the support you need to cope. And patients with more social support usually feel less anxious and depressed and report having a better quality of life. 2. What type of testicular cancer do I have and what stage is my tumor? The better informed you are about your specific diagnosis, the better you’ll be able to make decisions on your own behalf. There are two main types of testicular cancer , known as seminomas and non-seminomas. Knowing how advanced the cancer is, or what stage it’s in, will also determine your treatment options. 3. What treatment plan is right for me? The type of treatment your doctor will recommend will depend on your specific diagnosis and type of testicular cancer. Generally speaking, treatment options for testicular cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. 4. What lifestyle changes should I make? The Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) urges all men to be advocates for their own health. This […]
Approximately 30 million American adults have kidney disease, but most don’t even know it. To help spread awareness, we’d like to share the following article, courtesy of the Urology Care Foundation. March 1 marks the beginning of National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about your kidney health and generate support for those affected by such conditions as kidney stones, kidney infections and kidney disease. It’s also a time when the Urology Care Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation, encourages the public to make direct, positive and healthy changes in their lives to keep their kidneys healthy and happy. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are about the size of a small fist and sit on each side of the spine, above the waist. Their primary job is to clean the blood and produce urine to rid the body of waste. They also help make red blood cells, maintain a balance of salt and other nutrients in your body, keep your bones healthy and help control your blood pressure. Your kidneys can become damaged with little to no warning. Kidney disease is known as the “silent epidemic” because if often shows no signs until it is more advanced. High blood pressure and diabetes are two leading causes of kidney disease. Other risk factors include heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and a family history. Older adults, Hispanics, African-Americans and American Indians are at a higher risk for developing kidney disease. “Most people don’t realize how important the kidneys are to our well-being, which is why it’s important to look after them,” said Richard A. Memo, MD chair of the Urology Care Foundation. “If you are at risk for kidney disease, talk to your doctor about having your kidney function checked as this disease is one that can be prevented or slowed down if caught early.” A few simple ways to keep the kidney happy and healthy: Drinking plenty of water Not smoking Eating a healthy diet Keeping your weight in check Staying fit and active Monitoring and keeping regular control of your blood pressure and […]
Did you throw caution to the wind on Valentine’s Day? A tongue-in-cheek question to bring up a serious discussion about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); i.e. the infections you get from another person through sexual contact. There are more than 20 known types of STDs/STIs and, each year, over 20 million people in the United States are infected. They are spread through fluids in the body, during vaginal, oral or anal sex; however, some STDs can be transmitted through infected blood, such as among people sharing infected drug needles, or a mother may infect her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or while nursing. The good news is that most STDs can be treated and cured; but, in many cases, there are no symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, they can show up in a variety of ways… Men may experience the following symptoms: Burning or itching in the penis A drip (discharge) from the penis Pain around pelvis Sores, bumps or blisters on penis, anus, or mouth Burning and pain with urine or with bowel movements Having to go to the bathroom often Women may experience the following symptoms: Burning or itching in the vagina A discharge or odor from the vagina Pain around the pelvis Bleeding from the vagina that is not normal Pain deep inside during sex Sores, bumps or blisters in the vagina, anus, or mouth Burning and pain with urine or with bowel movements Having to go to the bathroom often The only way to avoid an STI/STD is to avoid sexual contact with an infected person. Other protections include: Always using a condom, and using it correctly, during sex Limiting sexual relations to only one, infection-free, long-term partner Limiting the number of sexual partners Using clean needles if you are injecting drugs If you have reason to believe you have an STI/STD, or think you may have been exposed to one, please call the Urology Group of Princeton to schedule an appointment. Most STIs/STDs can be completely cured with antibiotics; however, some are incurable but can be controlled […]
Did your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of your bladder? If not, you should reconsider; a well-functioning bladder is important for preventing painful ailments, such as urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Simple, daily habits can impact, for better or worse, the health of this vital organ. Here are a few simple resolutions you can set to take better care of your bladder… Drink Plenty of Water Drinking enough water helps minimize the risk of urinary tract infections. The flow of urine helps cleanse harmful bacteria from your system; whereas insufficient amounts of water in the urine can contribute to the formation of kidney stones. To ensure sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough every day, strive for a “total water” intake, from all beverages and foods you consume, of 91 ounces for adult women and 125 ounces for men. Lose Weight Pressure on the abdomen, from excessive weight, makes obese individuals more prone to incontinence. Obesity is also linked to an increased risk of urinary tract infections. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you shed pounds and feel great. Quit Smoking Smoking’s dangerous effects on the heart and lungs are well known; but this harmful habit is also linked to bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer. In addition, it’s also associated with erectile dysfunction in men, possibly because it affects the vascular system and impedes the proper circulation of blood throughout the body. For more information, or if you have questions or concerns about your kidneys or kidney stones, call the Urology Group of Princeton at 609.924.6487 to schedule an appointment. The board certified physician/surgeons at the Urology Group are experts trained to evaluate your symptoms, perform applicable tests, and develop the proper treatment plan.