Hospital Partners With Lance Armstrong Foundation For Prostate Awareness

ELIZABETH—Trinitas Regional Medical Center is joining the da Vinci® Surgery Awareness Initiative™ , supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation, in a national campaign reaching millions of people with the goal of educating the public about prostate cancer. The objective is to inform the community about prostate cancer: how it is detected, what causes the disease and how it is commonly treated.

As part of the da vinci Surgery Awareness Initiative and the observance of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Brett Opell, MD, urologist at the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, will present valuable information about the disease in a program entitled “What Every Woman Needs to Know about Men’s Health.”  Dr. Opell will share information about the latest surgical treatment options for prostate cancer and will describe the capabilities of the daVinci surgical robotics system used for prostate surgery at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.


The public is invited to the program on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at La Casa di Martino, 301 W. Clay Avenue, Roselle Park.  Seating is very limited, so register early to attend.  To register for the program, which also includes dinner, call 1-908-994 – 8939.

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in tissues of the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system found below the bladder and in front of the rectum. In early stages, prostate cancer is typically detected during a man’s routine annual PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test.

While the causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown, the chance of developing it increases after age 50. Close relatives of men who had prostate cancer are more likely to be affected.  Ethnic origin may also play a role. Studies show that men of African heritage are at highest risk, while men of Asian descent have the lowest risk.

Men can reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer by following a low-fat diet and staying in shape. It is important for the community to know the facts about this disease, such as:

• 1 in 6 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer
• Prostate cancer is the most common cancer (non-skin related) in men
• Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in U.S. men

While each case and patient is unique, the most common prostate cancer treatments include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy and hormone therapy. Surgery to remove the cancerous prostate gland, known as a prostatectomy, is considered the gold standard treatment for localized cancer.

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