Prostate Cancer

What is Bladder Cancer? It’s Causes, Treatment & Diagnosis

An Informative Guide To Diagnosis of Bladder Cancer

Facing a bladder cancer diagnosis is tough. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is likely to leave you dealing with a complex state of emotions. But you definitely would not be alone.

In 2015, 2747 new cases of bladder cancer were diagnosed in Australia. Bladder cancer is common in people over 60, and is significantly more common in men than in women.

At Katelaris Urology, (we deal with a number of different treatment methods for bladder cancer.) Whilst we can’t wave a magic wand and make it disappear, we can help you through this difficult experience by giving you the right information to understand your situation and get you through to the next steps.

Bladder Cancer Symptoms

The most common symptom of Bladder cancer is blood in the urine, which occurs suddenly and is not generally painful. Other symptoms may be;

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Prostate Cancer Stages & Medical Treatment

What are the best medical treatments for early stages of prostate cancer?

Low grade prostate cancer

Low-grade prostate cancer is a very common occurence and does not need radical treatment. Men with low grade prostate cancer are placed into an active surveillance program whereby the PSA is monitored on a regular basis and from time to time a multi-parametric MRI scan performed.

High-grade localised prostate cancer

Depending on patient factors, men with high-grade localised prostate cancer will be treated with either radical prostatectomy surgery/prostate cancer surgery or radiation therapy. When the prostate cancer is diagnosed at an early stage and when it is confined to the prostate, there is a significant chance of cure.

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[Video] Who is a suitable candidate for Robotic Prostatectomy?

Robotic Prostatectomy is an effective procedure in the treatment of Prostate cancer. However there may be cases in which robotic prostatectomy is not the suitable option for certain patients, Dr Katelaris discusses these circumstances and other options that are available in such instances.

In this short video, Dr Phillip Katelaris explains which candidates are suitable for Robotic Prostatectomy and the other options that are available.

Doctor Katelaris performs robotic prostatectomy and other prostate cancer treatments in the Urology Outpatient Clinic in Hornsby, if you would like to make an enquiry about getting a prostatectomy contact Katelaris Urology today.

Learn more about Prostatectomy here.

Transcript

Not all men are suited to keyhole robotic surgery. Some men, for example, who have had major intra-abdominal surgery, for example, colon surgery, have a lot of abdominal adhesions. And it may not be safe to do this surgery with keyhole or robotic surgery.

In those men, I offer open radical prostatectomy, which is a highly effective operation that can also preserve bladder and sexual function.

With experience, the surgeon knows who is best suited to which surgical approach. I’ve been doing radical prostatectomies of one form or another for over 30 years. That gives me good judgment and the confidence to properly advise patients as individuals.

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[Video] What is Robotic Prostatectomy?

There were 3,294 deaths from prostate cancer recorded in 2011, making it the fourth leading cause of death among Australian males.

The good news is that prostate cancer 5-year survival is high and has improved from 59% in 1986 to 90% in 2007, and is on the rise with treatments such as Robotic Prostatectomy.

In this short video, Dr Phillip Katelaris explains the effectiveness of Robotic Prostatectomy in the treatment of Prostate cancer.

Doctor Katelaris performs robotic prostatectomy’s in the Urology Outpatient Clinic in Hornsby, if you would like to make an enquiry about getting a prostatectomy contact Katelaris Urology today.

Learn more about Prostatectomy here.

 Transcript

When prostate cancer is detected early these days we cure it with a very modern, minimally evasive form of surgery known as robot-assisted radical prostatectomy.

We make seven little one-centimeter incisions into the abdomen. We inflate the abdomen with gas, we put a very powerful, miniaturized television camera inside, we hook up the instruments to a robotic arm and I as the surgeon sit at a very sophisticated console, operate that robotic equipment, remove the prostate and put the patient back together again.

That’s highly effective at curing prostate cancer. It gives us a very good chance to preserve bladder and sexual function and the patients generally go home 48 hours later.

Recovery is quick and it is minimally painful. In fact, the patient’s up and walking around the next day. It is a major cancer operation and a very careful discussion is always had with respect to the appropriateness of the operation and the risks and benefits involved.

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What are the Long Term Effects of a Vasectomy?

[Video] What are the Long Term Effects of a Vasectomy?

According to numerous international studies and research, there are no long-term negative side effects of having a vasectomy.

Often Dr Katelaris comes across this concern from his patients. There has been decades of international studies on this concern, and to date there is no association of a vasectomy increasing a mans risk of prostate cancer.

In this short video the doctor addresses this concern and explains how that is not an issue and that is why at Katelaris Urology they are performing more vasectomies than ever before.

Doctor Katelaris performs vasectomies in the Urology Outpatient Clinic in Hornsby, if you would like to make an enquiry about getting a vasectomy contact Katelaris Urology today.

Learn more about Vasectomies here.

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Video: How does it feel to live with a penile implant?

Our patient education series are videos for patients dealing with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) produced by Katelaris Urology and feature Dr Katelaris as well as patients who have experience prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction.

This video features David Sandoe OAM and Pam Sandoe OAM, who survived prostate cancer surgery and decided to have a penile prosthesis to restore their Quality of Life as a couple.  David is a former National Chairman of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Pam Sandoe OAM is a former PCFA Prostate Cancer Support Group Co-Leader at Sydney Adventist Hospital, this is their ED story.

David and Pam talk about what a penile implant feels like, what it looks like on the outside and the differences between having a penile implant compared to sex before experiencing Erectile Dysfunction

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How a PSA test saved Ben Stiller's life

Just a few months ago, Ben Stiller shocked his fans, movie lovers and the wider world by revealing that, at the tender age of 48, he had a scary brush with prostate cancer.

The Hollywood funnyman is not alone. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the number 1 cancer among men, affecting over 160,000 people in Stiller’s native USA. And in Australia, there were about 18,000 diagnoses of prostate cancer in 2016, including almost 3,400 deaths.

According to Cancer Australia, in Australia, prostate cancer is actually the most diagnosed cancer of all, beating bowel, breast, melanoma and lung cancer.

Luckily, as Ben Stiller himself will tell you, the news is not all scary. So let’s dive in and take a closer look.

What is prostate cancer?

By the age of 85, 1 in 5 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. About the size of a walnut, the prostate is a gland of the male body involved in the production of semen, located just beneath the bladder.

Men can be alerted to the potential of prostate cancer by frequent urination, pain when urinating, blood in the urine, a weak stream and the feeling that the bladder is not being fully emptied, or more serious symptoms that may indicate advanced disease.

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