BBC Offers Prostate Screening and Public Forum

August 28, 2012

It is said that there are only two things for certain … death and taxes.  Well, for men, there is a third … prostate problems.  

Because of this, Bronson Battle Creek is holding a free prostate health-screening program on Thursday, September 20, from 3-5 p.m. in the hospital’s outpatient center.  Participants will have a blood draw for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) from Regional Medical Labs personnel and given a digital rectal exam (DRE) by members of the BBC medical staff as part of this screening.

If you are a man between the ages of 55 and 74 who does not have a previous history of prostate cancer and have yet to be screened in the past year, or a man over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer and would like to take advantage of this free screening opportunity, call toll free 1-877-462-2247 to schedule your visit with the doctor and Bronson Battle Creek.  Because there are a limited number of appointments available, they will be filled on an RSVP, first come, first served basis.  

In conjunction with this program, the BBC surgery department will have on display its newest surgical tool used for prostate cancer – the da Vinci® ‘Si’ with HD™ from 3-6 p.m.  The unit is named after Leonardo daVinci, the inventor of the robot, and the person who is considered the first to use three-dimensional anatomical accuracy in his detailed masterpieces.  

At 6 p.m. Dr. Randy Mudge, a board-certified radiation oncologist and Dr. Louis Remynse, a board-certified urologist will co-present a program -- ‘Understanding Prostate Disease—Prevention and Treatment Options.’  They will leave plenty of time to answer questions from the audience.

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that surrounds the urethra at the base of the male bladder.  The gland secretes fluid that forms part of the seminal fluid.  After age 40, due to hormonal changes, it can grow many times its normal size narrowing the diameter of the urethra, putting pressure on the bladder, and obstructing the flow of urine from the body.

Except for skin cancer, cancer of the prostate is the most common cancer in American men, especially as they age.  About two out of every three prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.  To put that into perspective, nearly 240,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012; 28,000 will die from the disease.  In addition to age, race, nationality, family history, and diet all contribute to potential risk factors of prostate cancer.

The da Vinci ‘Si’ HD surgical system similarly provides physicians with such enhanced detail and precision that it can simulate an open surgical environment while allowing operation through tiny incisions.   The da Vinci ‘Si’ HD is designed to translate the surgeon’s skilled hand movements into more precise motions through the use of microscopes, surgical tools, and video cameras.
  
The da Vinci ‘Si’ HD surgical system integrates a three-dimensional, high definition endoscopy and state-of-the-art robotic technology to virtually extend the surgeon’s eyes and hands into the surgical field. Bronson Battle Creek was the first to offer da Vinci Si HD in clinical service in the South-Central Michigan region.  
 
The improved and magnified images enable the surgeon to handle delicate tissues with added precision, especially in confined spaces in the body like the prostate.  
 
For the patient, all of this means a surgery that is less painful and has less blood loss.  In other words, patients have smaller incisions, which often heal faster after surgery.  All of that translates into potentially shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries, and faster returns to normal daily activities.

Having symptoms of an enlarged prostate does not mean you have cancer, but you should be checked by your health care professional.  Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include difficulty in urination or sexual dysfunction, among others.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include the county’s largest accredited sleep center and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

About the Presenters:

Randy Mudge, M.D. is medical director of radiation oncology at Bronson Battle Creek’s Cancer Care Center.  Dr. Mudge received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his transitional residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan and his radiation oncology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.  He is board certified in radiation oncology.

Louis C. Remynse, M.D., an urologist at Bronson Battle Creek, is affiliated with Urology Associates of Battle Creek.  Dr. Remynse received his medical degree from University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  He is board certified in urology.


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