September 2012
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September 2012 posts

Swedish/Edmonds to Offer Free PSA and Testosterone Level Tests at a Men’s Health on Sept. 20

EDMONDS, WASH., Sept. 10, 2012 - Free screening tests for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and testosterone levels will be available at Swedish/Edmonds on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Learn more about men’s health topics from local urologists presenting at the event. These physicians will also be available to personally answer questions in an informal setting throughout the event.

You've been diagnosed with prostate cancer - now what?

Almost daily there are new recommendations for how to treat prostate cancer and an equal number of controversies surrounding the recommendations. What is a man to do when faced with the words, “you have prostate cancer”?

The good news is that there are many proven options to consider; but how do you choose the best one for you? The decision can be daunting and the controversies swirling in the news only increase the confusion when wading through the information. You may be considering:

  • Active surveillance (watchful waiting) is an option for those who want to closely monitor their cancer over short intervals. Intervention is considered if the cancer grows quickly, PSA scores increase or other situations arise warranting a more aggressive treatment plan.

  • Surgical options are available and with the advances in robotic technologies, the procedure is less invasive than in the past, recovery times are reduced and fewer side effects are reported. 

  • Radiation options are also available and treat the cancer either with external radiation beams or implanted radioactive seeds.

    • CyberKnife Radiosurgery uses robotic technology to track the prostate in real time and delivers high doses of radiation with pinpoint accuracy. This is an outpatient procedure where the patient comes to the center for five, one hour sessions over the course of one week. Long term side effects are rare and cancer free survival rates are excellent. (You can learn more here.)

    • Seed Implantation is another method of delivering radiation to treat prostate cancer. With this option, the radiation is delivered internally via tiny radioactive seeds which are implanted into the prostate. This too is an outpatient procedure and long term results are excellent and side effects are few. 

As a radiation oncologist specializing in treating prostate cancer...

Stroke Program awarded Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award

We are excited to share that the Stroke Program at Swedish/Cherry Hill has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award, indicating the highest level of quality in stroke care. 

Since 2003, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has collaborated with The Joint Commission on Primary Stroke Center certification. This certification is reserved for hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke patients as verified by The Joint Commission.

Back to School

On your marks, get set, GO!

It’s back to school time, which sets the rest of the family into a rushed morning routine. But, it is also an opportunity to establish a healthier schedule for you and your family. (If you don’t have kids in the house, enjoy some nostalgia of your school days, and use the opportunity to consider improving your morning routine.)

Some tips to keep everyone sane in the early morning rush:

What is Pain Management About? (Part 2 of 2)

 A comprehensive approach to chronic pain management is more effective than medical management alone.

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