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Urologists, Prostate Cancer Experts Offer Education Event Sept. 21

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Jean. Joseph, M.D., is one of the nation's most experience laparoscopic surgeons.

Urologists at Strong Memorial Hospital will offer an insider’s view of treatments for prostate cancer for men concerned about this common and deadly disease on Thursday, Sept. 21. 

The free, daylong session will feature videos of a laparoscopic robotic prostatectomy surgery, brachytherapy and radiation therapy procedures to be shown in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  University Urology, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Preferred Care sponsor the education event.

The Men’s Health Day event includes opportunities for participants to speak with surgeons and prostate cancer survivors throughout the day. The program will be broadcast live on the web and will include discussion with physicians at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. To view the procedure over the Internet, go to

“This is an outstanding opportunity for men who are at risk of prostate cancer, or facing the disease, to learn more about the treatments and survival,” said Jean Joseph, M.D., head of the section of laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery and one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons in the country.

“There are many choices for treatment of this disease and men must work with their doctors to carefully consider what is best choice for them.”

In addition to the video segments, there will be panel discussions with physicians, patients and survivors, and discussions of alternative therapies such as cryotherapy and high intensity focusedultrasound, as well as chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

The event features Rochester’s top prostate cancer team – Joseph, urologist David Gentile; M.D.Edward Messing, M.D.; chair of Urology; radiation oncologist Ralph Brasacchio, M.D.; – as well as Hiten Patel, M.D., of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and Alec Zolatta, M.D., of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

Men who have had prostate cancer will also share their experiences with participants.

Following a free brunch, the program will conclude with a question-and-answer panel with the physicians and prostate cancer survivors from 1:30 to 2 p.m. 

The event is free and registration is required.  Call (585) 275-2838 or go to or

Free Screenings

Additionally, University Urology will offer free prostate cancer screenings for men who have not been screened from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Joseph Neighborhood Center, 417 South Ave.  Registration is required.  Call (585) 275-2838.

Prostate Cancer Information

In the United States, more than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer annually and 30,000 men die from it each year. Although prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among American men, it is nearly always curable if it’s caught early.

There are a variety of treatments for prostate cancer, ranging from “watchful waiting” to surgical removal of the entire prostate gland. Treatment options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone treatment, surgery or active monitoring – which is often chosen by older men or those who suffer from other life-threatening conditions. In these cases, the cancer may be growing so slowly that it's not likely to be fatal.

In recent years, men who undergo surgery often choose high-precision robotic surgery using the daVinci Robotic Surgical System, a technology that the Medical Center was the first in Upstate New York to offer. The system consists of a robotic arm that performs surgeries using movement that replicate the surgeon’s motions. The surgeon controls the robotic arms from a console across the room that allows him to see enhanced detail in the surgical field with virtual 3-D images provided by a laparoscopic camera.

“This system gives the appearance of being inside the patient,” Joseph said. “The 3-D view provides a depth perception that is missing in traditional laparoscopic surgery, bringing us closer to the surgical site as we can get. In fact, the magnified 3-D view enhances the images, helping to improve accuracy and precision.”

The benefits of the robotic technology have a significant impact on patients and their outcomes. Because the cases are done laparoscopically, dime-sized incisions are made that result in faster recovery time and a lower chance of infection or other complications such as incontinence and impotence. The procedures themselves can be even more accurate than traditional surgery, with steadier “hands” at the surgical site being directed by a surgeon.

Currently, Joseph is performing 10 robotic surgeries each week.

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