Advanced Urology raises $100,000 to end prostate cancer

Advanced Urology raises $100,000 to end prostate cancer

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Advanced Urology raises $100,000 to end prostate cancer

The 2019 ZERO Run/Walk was hosted by Advance Urology Associates at their Joliet, IL location on June 1, 2019. It was the eighth year in a row they participated as one of 42 races around the country. Last year the race series was able to raise over $4.3 million dollars for prostate cancer. Advanced Urology broke last year’s record and was able to contribute $100,000 to the total amount.

The funds raised from the event are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the local chapter of Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network – meetings that Advanced Urology proudly hosts.

Tracy Cameron, who works in Advance Urology’s IMRT center, also doubles her duties as the race director for the past number of years. She credits the tremendous success of this year’s race “to the amount of time, energy, and resources put in by our amazing volunteers.” This effort was lead by volunteer coordinator, Kim Bosman, took on the additional responsibilities beyond her day to day roles at Advanced Urology, as the volunteer coordinator. “Without her help and dedication,” Tracy notes, “many of the behind the scenes actions could not happen.”

The day featured a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1 mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. It also includes a family-friendly post-race celebration. Run/walk participants receive tech shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer. Beyond the hundreds of hours the volunteers and vendors donate to the race, Tracy points out the contributions beyond volunteering and donating to this event should go the Advanced Urology physicians as well. “They never cease to amaze me” she says. “Their support for not only the race but their drive to help their patients is what makes not only our race but our practice so successful. They are able to see the bigger picture of ZERO and how we as race directors are changing the momentum of prostate cancer by bringing more awareness to this disease.”

Click here to see photos of the race participants and a video of the event.

2019 ZERO Run/Walk raises over $100,000!

2019 ZERO Run/Walk raises over $100,000!

2019 ZERO Run/Walk raises over $100,000!

Fantastic turnout breaks records for the third straight year.

On June 1, 2019, Advanced Urology Associates raised over $100,000 to fight and put an end to prostate cancer. This topped last year’s record by $10,000! Under a blue sky dappled with puffy white clouds, it was an incredible day of family, friends, caretakers and survivors all fighting to end prostate cancer once and for all. A big, warm, Advanced Urology thank you to EVERYONE that came out, volunteered and helped us throughout the year leading up to the event to make it such a beautiful and successful day.

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UroLift® Procedure For Enlarged Prostate Surpasses Medications

UroLift® Procedure For Enlarged Prostate Surpasses Medications

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UroLift® Procedure For Enlarged Prostate Surpasses Medications

By the time they’re in their sixties, approximately 70% of men in the U.S. will have an enlarged prostate, also referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). One very effective treatment for BPH is the UroLift® System, a procedure that lifts and holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. This is done without cutting, heating, or removing any prostate tissue.

“UroLift provides a minimally invasive alternative to medications, and provides quick and long-lasting improvement for patients with voiding symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate,” said Dr. Thomas Burns, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “The procedure offers several advantages over other surgical treatment options; it can be performed safely in our office, and it does not affect a patient’s sexual function.”

The UroLift procedure is a terrific option for men looking to get off of their prostate medications, or for patients with worsening symptoms despite the use of prostate medications. “The procedure is very quick and safe, with lower surgical risks compared to other prostate surgeries,” added Dr. Burns. “Since this treatment is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure, most men experience a quick recovery and will notice improved symptoms within two weeks of the procedure.” Endoscopic results can be immediately confirmed post-procedure, and the UroLift treatment does not preclude the option for future UroLift or laser procedures should they become necessary.

Advanced Urology Associates is one of the few urology practices that can provide this procedure in the office with no need for a hospital admission. “AUA is unique, as we’ve been designated as a BPH Center Of Excellence for the UroLift procedure,” said Dr. Burns. “We have been performing this relatively new procedure for the last four years or so.”

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Extended Hours Offer Flexibility for Vasectomy Patients

Extended Hours Offer Flexibility for Vasectomy Patients

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Extended Hours Offer Flexibility for Vasectomy Patients

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A vasectomy is a safe, reliable procedure that many men choose after considering a variety of birth control options. “The vasectomy is one of the most successful birth control modalities,” explained Dr. Greg Andros, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “There’s very low risk to the patient, and the procedure allows women to avoid more invasive procedures and the risk that comes with taking birth control pills.”

Dr. Andros has extended office hours on Fridays to allow patients more recovery time over the weekends. Patients can come in between 7:30 am – 6:00 pm for the procedure. “Friday is a preferred day for many of my patients, especially for a vasectomy,” said Dr. Andros. “Many are able to make a late afternoon appointment without missing work or affecting their daily schedules. I also offer same-day vasectomies, where the patient is able to have the vasectomy during the initial visit, which allows him to miss even less work.”
Dr. Andros utilizes the latest no-scalpel vasectomy technique, which includes a topical numbing gel that avoids the need for an initial needle stick. “This allows for less pain, faster recovery, and exceptional success rates of over 99.5%,” he explained. “I provide patients with a pain pill prescription, but the majority of patients don’t need them. The procedure takes an average of 15 minutes. I also offer patients a twilight anesthetic if they’re feeling anxious about the procedure, but most don’t need this either.”

After performing a vasectomy, Dr. Andros advises his patients to rest for the next couple of days; the weekends are great for this. “In addition to rest, placing a bag of frozen peas on the sore area will help with mild pain, and I advise patients to not lift anything weighing over 20 pounds for the next three days,” he said.

Questions About Vasectomy?

For more information about no-scalpel vasectomies and Dr. Andros’s extended office hours, please contact us at 815.409.4930.

Treatment For Overactive Bladder Can Change Your Life

Treatment For Overactive Bladder Can Change Your Life

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Treatment For Overactive Bladder Can Change Your Life

Angela Noti, RMA Urodynamics, OAB Specialist

Overactive Bladder (OAB) affects men and women of all ages. What some people don’t realize is that there are many treatment options available to address the problem and help you get your life back.

“A lot of our patients come in complaining that their bladder leaks, or that they have to urinate all the time,” explained Angela Noti, Urodynamicist with Advanced Urology Associates. “It affects their quality of life, and it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Advanced Urology’s Overactive Bladder Center of Excellence focuses on helping patients with their overactive bladder symptoms. “We have women and men, young and old, who suffer from leakage and frequent urination,” added Noti. “We encourage everyone suffering from these symptoms to come in and talk with us about it. We’re also happy to send information through the mail.”

The causes of OAB can be difficult to determine, but a care path is developed and customized for each patient. “We start with behavior modifications, including keeping a diary of what patients drink and how often they urinate. We have them reduce fluid intake, quit smoking, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. For many patients, this cures their symptoms.”

The next step is therapy, which can include Kegel exercises and other physical therapies. As a Urodynamicist, Noti performs diagnostic studies to assess the bladder muscle’s function; this information is then used to customize a therapy plan for each patient. “Therapy also offers very high success rates,” added Noti. “It really changes people’s lives.”

If necessary, the next step is to try medication to alleviate symptoms of OAB. “The medications allow the bladder to hold more, and can prevent leaking and the strong and frequent urge to urinate,” added Noti. “For those who can’t be on medication due to other meds they’re taking, we offer a variety of surgical options, many of which don’t require anesthesia.”

Questions About Overactive Bladder (OAB)?

If you have any questions about Overactive Bladder (OAB) treatments, or think a specific treatment is the right option for you, please contact us today at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.

Advanced Urology treats overactive bladders in patients from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenxon, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

Advanced Urology Associates Invited to Participate in National Clinical Trial

Advanced Urology Associates Invited to Participate in National Clinical Trial

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Advanced Urology Associates Invited to Participate in National Clinical Trial

Tasha Horsley - Advanced Urology Associates Invited to Participate in National Clinical Trial
 

It’s a great honor to be invited to participate in a national clinical trial. Advanced Urology Associates in Joliet will be one of 45 offices across the U.S. to participate in Dendreon’s clinical trial involving patients with early stage prostate cancer.

“We’re so excited to participate in this new trial,” said Tasha Horsley, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Research Coordinator with AUA. “It took six months to prepare our office, and we’re one of the first ten offices in the nation to be activated for the trial. We just enrolled our first patient!”

Advanced Urology is looking for at least nine more men to participate in the trial. Patients must have been diagnosed with prostate cancer within the past twelve months, and must be on “active surveillance”, meaning they’re not being actively treated for the disease, but are being watched closely. “Patients enrolled in the trial will be chosen at random by the study; one of every three will continue on active surveillance, and the other two will undergo immunotherapy treatment with Provenge,” explained Horsley. “We’re trying to discover the efficacy of Sipuleucel-T in reducing the reclassification of the prostate cancer to a higher grade of cancer in men on active surveillance. Sipuleucel-T is already used to treat metastatic prostate cancer.”

The treatment with Sipuleucel-T begins with some T-cells, the fighter cells in the immune system, being removed from one’s body by a process called leukapheresis, and infused with a special protein; the cells are then returned into the patient’s blood intravenously. “This technique allows the patient’s own immune system to be activated to work harder to ‘eat up’ the existing cancer cells,” said Horsley. “We’re so proud to be part of this trial that could possibly make huge strides in the oncology world. This amazing experience will also help us get involved in additional trials, allowing us to offer more to our community.”

 

Questions About Advanced Urology Associates Clinical Trial?

For information about participating in AUA’s clinical trial call at 815.409.4930.

Advanced Urology treats prostate cancer in patients from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenxon, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

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A Randomized Phase 3, Open-label Trial of Sipuleucel-T Administered To Patients On Active Surveillance For Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer.

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No-Scalpel Vasectomies: The Perfect Way To Get The Perfect Family Size

No-Scalpel Vasectomies: The Perfect Way To Get The Perfect Family Size

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No-Scalpel Vasectomies: The Perfect Way To Get The Perfect Family Size

Once people reach their thirties or forties, they’ve usually decided whether or not to have more children. The options available for reliable birth control tend to fall to women, many of whom use oral contraceptives or undergo a tubal ligation. Not all women, however, are able to take medications that affect their hormones, and a tubal ligation is very invasive and requires a lot of down time, which is hard to manage with a busy family.

A better option is a procedure that the men undergo, called a no-scalpel vasectomy. “Compared to a regular vasectomy, the no-scalpel technique is much faster,” said Dr. Ryan Manecke, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “The no-scalpel vasectomy involves only a single small puncture versus two incisions, potentially reducing the risk of infection and speeding up the recovery time. The procedure itself only takes 15-30 minutes.”

According to Dr. Manecke, approximately 10% of men in the U.S. have undergone a vasectomy. “In our practice, the average age when men seek a vasectomy is age 40, and they usually have two or three children,” he explained. “They consider their families to be complete, and they want a very reliable birth control method.”

A vasectomy is a simple, safe procedure that makes a man unable to father children. “The procedure is usually easy for a Urologist,” said Dr. Manecke. “Optimal results are reported for physicians who perform 50 or more vasectomies per year.”

Vasectomies don’t affect sexual function, and are reversible. “Reversing a vasectomy involves re-attaching the tubes using micro surgical techniques,” said Dr. Manecke. “Although the tubes can be reattached, fertility isn’t always regained, especially if many years have elapsed since the vasectomy was performed.” It’s a personal decision that should be made by both parents.

Questions About Vasectomy?

We are happy to schedule an appointment and take the time to discretely answer all the questions and concerns you may have. If you any have questions about getting a no scalpel vasectomy, visit our FAQ or contact our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.

Advanced Urology provided vasectomy procedures for patients in patients from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Kankakee, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

Take Time to Celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Take Time to Celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Take Time to Celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Thai T Nguyen - September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a great time to remind men (and their loved ones) to learn about the disease and to discuss the benefits of getting screened for it. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

“Life gets busy, and we often forget to take care of ourselves,” said Dr. Thai Nguyen, Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “Many men are too casual or disinterested in their own health, and are thus relatively poor about undergoing health screenings, or even discussing health issues. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and that in 2018 there will be almost 165,000 new cases, and nearly 30,000 deaths, due to prostate cancer in the United States.”

Most men should be screened for prostate cancer starting at age 50. “There are two high-risk groups, however, that should start annual screening at age 40,” explained Dr. Nguyen. “Men with a first-degree male relative (father, brother, or son) with prostate cancer have a two- or three-fold higher risk of developing the disease, and African-American men have twice the average risk.”

The screening consists of a simple blood (PSA) test and a very brief digital rectal exam that allows the doctor to feel for any bumps or hard areas on the prostate that could be cancer. “Symptoms of prostate cancer can vary widely from one man to another,” said Dr. Nguyen. “Many men have no symptoms at all until the cancer is very advanced, which may eliminate the chance for curative treatment options. A simple 5-10 minute prostate cancer screening increases the chance that prostate cancer would be diagnosed while still in an early, curable stage.”

Questions About Prostate Screening or Treatments?

For more information, please give our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates a call at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment or a FREE screening today.

Advanced Urology treats prostate cancer in patients from Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bourbonnais, Chicago, Crest Hill, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lombard, Lockport, New Lenxon, Mokena, Morris, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Plainfield, Tinley Park and Woodridge.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Is Common, Treatable

Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Is Common, Treatable

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Enlarged Prostate (BPH) Is Common, Treatable

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The prostate is a gland in the male body that plays a role in both urination and sex. It undergoes two major growth periods; the first is in early puberty, and the second is around age 25. This later growth phase often results in BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), or an enlarged prostate.

An enlarged prostate is a common part of aging. “BPH affects 75% of men over the age of 60,” said Dr. Gregory Andros, a Urologist with Advanced Urology Associates. “If left untreated, the enlarged prostate can lead to bladder infections, bladder stones, bladder muscle damage, complete bladder obstruction, and kidney damage.”

The symptoms of an enlarged prostate include frequent urination, a weak or slow urinary stream, difficulty starting urination or feeling a strong urge to go, and a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bladder. Men with BPH typically have to get up frequently during the night to use the restroom.

“Men should see a Urologist for a prostate wellness check once a year,” explained Dr. Andros. “Over the past five years, there have been significant advances in treating BPH. The UroLift, an in-office procedure where the patient receives light sedation, is one of the latest treatments for BPH. It un-obstructs the bladder with the placement of a small prostate implant. The procedure only takes 20 minutes, and is covered by health insurance and Medicare. Men can resume normal activity in three days.”

The Green Light Laser is another advanced prostate treatment utilized by AUA. “This procedure is a little more invasive; we use a laser to shrink the prostate by 50%,” added Dr. Andros. “It’s often performed in an outpatient surgical center.” Severe prostate obstruction may require a TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), which includes cutting out the obstruction through a scope, requiring 1-2 nights in a hospital.

Questions About BPH Treatment?

If you suffer from urinary symptoms caused by BPH, don’t worry. You have options. Request an appointment or contact us today at 815.409.4930.

Advanced Urology opens new office

Advanced Urology opens new office

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Advanced Urology opens new office

MORRIS – Before he cut the ribbon on the new addition to the Morris offices of Advanced Urology on Friday, Dr. Gregory Lewis recalled what he described as a “cubby hole” office their staff once had moved into in 2005 in downtown Morris.

Two exam rooms with a waiting room in between also were added.

The office cut the ribbon on its new addition to the offices Friday at 1401 Lakewood Drive at a Grundy County Chamber of Commerce event.

Advanced Urology chief financial officer Ruan Weber said the office had expanded from a 1,700-square-foot space to a 4,000-square-foot building.

Staff from Advanced Urology and Narvick Brothers along with representatives from the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon Friday, July 21 at the Advanced Urology expansion.