November 21, 2022 11:34am
Bluewater Well being and the hospital’s basis are aiming to assist males’s prostate well being via medical developments and a fundraiser.
Bluewater Well being is the one hospital in southwestern Ontario to supply a transperineal prostate biopsy, which is a brand new method to diagnose prostate most cancers.
Urologist and Medical Director of Surgical and Ambulatory Care Dr. Alvaro Ramirez mentioned the brand new method differs from the traditional method of getting a prostate biopsy via the rectum, as a biopsy needle is as a substitute handed via the perineal pores and skin whereas the affected person is beneath native anesthetic or sedation. The process is finished inside 10 to fifteen minutes.
“We even have referrals from our different companions within the area to do that process on some sufferers that don’t wish to have the transrectal method or let’s say if somebody is immunocompromised and they’re liable to growing a sophisticated an infection,” Ramirez mentioned.
The transperineal prostate biopsy is a “little to no danger” process that has been supplied at Bluewater Well being for about two and a half years.
The process shouldn’t be supplied at different close by hospitals as a consequence of monetary and time commitments. Ramirez and fellow urologists Dr. Paul Martin and Dr. Dhiraj Dhanjani adopted the brand new method after being awarded an training grant from the Canadian Urological Affiliation via Dr. Dhanjani.
“We have been [also] lucky to have the assist of the group and our Bluewater Well being Basis the place we have been in a position to buy a particular transrectal probe and a brand new ultrasound machine,” he mentioned.
Requests have been constituted of different hospitals, clinics, and medical festivals to be taught the method from Bluewater Well being’s urologists. Ramirez mentioned instructing the tactic to different specialists is one thing that might be thought of sooner or later.
Prostate most cancers is essentially the most generally recognized most cancers amongst Canadian males.
“Sadly, when you have got signs of prostate most cancers, it’s normally not early. You don’t wish to get to that time,” mentioned Ramirez. “Primary, get checked/ screened with blood checks and a rectal examination beginning on the age of 45 in case you have a household historical past of prostate most cancers … or on the age of fifty in case you don’t have any household historical past.”
If prostate most cancers is detected early, Ramirez mentioned the success fee is “wonderful”. He additionally mentioned with an up to date MRI machine at Bluewater Well being, they’re additionally in a position to scale back the variety of pointless prostate biopsies.
Apart from getting screened, different ideas for prostate well being embody the adoption of wholesome way of life habits equivalent to maintaining a healthy diet and exercising usually.
To be able to increase consciousness and funds for the hospital’s Urology and Prostate Most cancers Clinic, the Bluewater Well being Basis is internet hosting its annual Pints for Prostates occasion.
The fundraiser might be held at Sports activities, behind Refined Idiot Brewing Co. on London Street, on November 27 from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. The three urologists skilled within the method might be on the occasion to reply any questions company might have.
The occasion, sponsored by Straight Edge Hair Designs and Nice Artscapes, will embody a 50/50 draw and a cornhole match. Groups of 4 can register for the match at $40 per workforce by contacting Adelle Stewardson at [email protected].