NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Sep 9, 2014)
New research from UCLA gives new vitality to September’s focus on prostate cancer awareness. After talking one-on-one with prostate cancer patients at a Veterans Administration clinic, researchers reported that men who received little counseling about their disease faced an uphill battle in fighting it. The less men understood about their prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment options, the less confidence they had about overcoming the disease.
David B. Samadi, MD, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, believes Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to stress the need for patient support throughout the prostate cancer experience. “Awareness is the key,” said Dr. Samadi. “Men need to be well educated about prostate cancer risk factors and screening options early on. Then, should a cancer diagnosis be made in the future, expert counsel in treatment alternatives would fortify their ability to make informed decisions and to focus on recovery.”
Prostate cancer treatment decision
Prostate cancer affects nearly 240,000 new men each year. Robotic surgery is considered a leading treatment option for the disease, as are radiation and hormone therapies. Treatment decisions often hinge on a man’s age, level of disease progression and general health.
UCLA researchers focused on each patient’s decisional conflict and its relationship to the lack of knowledge about prostate cancer treatment options. The findings underscore the need for newly diagnosed patients to receive counseling on each treatment modality, potential side effects, and likely outcomes.
Helping patients take control of prostate cancer
Education about prostate cancer can be a powerful tool in helping men confidently face and overcome the disease.
“A cancer diagnosis is an emotional and uncertain time for anyone,” said Dr. Samadi. “My job is to help my patients through this time period as best I can. With robotic surgery, I can explain exactly what they can expect of surgery and recovery, all backed by a very positive track record.”
Dr. Samadi and his team at the Lenox Hill Hospital Prostate Cancer Center counsel men from around the world about prostate cancer screening and treatment options. Each year during the month of September, they offer free second opinion PSA tests. The prostate-specific antigen test is currently an effective way for prostate cancer experts to identify spikes in PSA levels that may indicate the presence of cancer. If diagnosed, Dr. Samadi’s patients receive comprehensive care and counseling through all stages of treatment and recovery.
Visit www.prostatecancer911.com during the month of September to share your pathology report with David B. Samadi, MD and receive a free consultation.