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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