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CSC Hosts Dr. Princenthal for Prostate Cancer Seminar

The President of Rolling Oaks Radiology, Dr. Robert Princenthal, spoke to the Cancer Support Community’s Prostate Networking Group on Saturday, September 15 to support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Princenthal’s talk focused on two topics: “Controversy in PSA Screening” and “Advances in Prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Detection and Staging.”

This was the second year in a row that Dr. Princenthal was invited to speak at the Cancer Support Community’s Prostate Networking Group, a local group of prostate cancer patients, in an open forum setting. Dr. Princenthal stated, “although prostate cancer does not receive as much media attention as other cancers, it is important for men, and their families, to understand their risk factors. For men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer it is important for physicians to inform patients, and their families, of treatment options.”

Dr. Princenthal’s presentation touched on the following recommendations and resources for patients:

  • nearly 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime; 1 in 35 will die of the disease;
  • prostate cancer statistics are very similar to breast cancer statistics — men need to fight like women and raise more awareness around the disease;
  • men who are candidates for prostate MRI are those with an elevated PSA level, a suspiciously rising PSA level, negative trans-rectal ultrasound guided biopsy and/or positive digital rectal exam with a negative trans-rectal ultrasound biopsy; and
  • MRI is a very valuable tool, especially in early diagnosis and evaluation of tumors and prostate cancer. MRI images of the prostate and surrounding areas are clearer and more detailed than with other imaging methods, such as ultrasound.

Patients were able to ask questions at any time, which opened up a lot of great discussion. Unfortunately Dr. Princenthal couldn’t address each question as the group ran out of time. Feel free to contact Dr. Princenthal via RollingOaksRadiology.com.

Dr. Princenthal, along with ROR Radiologist Dr. Martin Cohen, recently attended the 2012 Prostate Cancer Conference held in Los Angeles September 7-9. The conference, hosted by the non-profit Prostate Cancer Research Institute, is the largest patient-focused conference for men with prostate cancer in the United States.

Drs. Cohen and Princenthal read prostate MRI for Rolling Oaks Radiology and Liberty Pacific Advanced Imaging.

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Cancer Support Community Offers Free Prostate Cancer Seminar and Groups

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to take advantage of the free support programs offered by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB).

Prostate Cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American men, with one in six being diagnosed during his lifetime. If you or a loved one are dealing with this disease, the Cancer Support Community offers friendship, support, and information at no cost to you.

Dr. Princenthal, right, will address the Prostate Cancer Networking Group on Sept. 15

Dr. Robert Princenthal of Rolling Oaks Radiology  will be at CSCVVSB on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss advances in prostate MRI, detection and staging, and answer questions. This event is part of CSCVVSB’s Prostate Cancer Networking Group, which meets on the third Saturday of each month. Patients, survivors, and family members are welcome. The guest speaker for Saturday, Oct. 20 will be Dr. Tanya Dorff of USC Norris Cancer Hospital.

CSCVVSB also offers a prostate cancer support group for men only, on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month thereafter, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. All groups meet at the Cancer Support Community, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village, 91361.

Kevin Axelrad, Ph.D facilitates the groups and has been working with prostate cancer patients and their families for nearly 20 years. “The networking group provides helpful information and lasting connections, and the support group is a more intimate setting where men can share their concerns and feelings,” says Dr. Axelrad.

Phil Dipaola, a two-year survivor of prostate cancer, is an active member of the networking group along with his wife. He is also a founding member of the support group. He credits the groups with providing information, connections, and camaraderie. “It helps to know that there are people I can talk to if I have questions or need to find a source for some information,” says Dipaola, a marriage and family therapist. He adds, “The support group is a place to get to know each other on a deeper level because you’re talking about common concerns and the impact of prostate cancer on your life.”

The Cancer Support Community offers support groups for people with any type of cancer and their caregivers and family, mind/body programs, creative classes, stress management, Spanish language services and programs for children affected by cancer. Services are FREE of charge. For information call (805) 379-4777 or visit www.cancersupportvvsb.org.