Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men after skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. But there’s good news: When caught early, prostate cancer is highly treatable. And now, new, advanced technology is improving these diagnoses – and giving men opportunities for longer-lasting health.
The UroNav Fusion Biopsy System combines MRI images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided three-dimensional images – and does so in real time. That provides precise images of the prostate, meaning doctors can see any abnormal changes, such as lesions, that may or may not be cancerous. By identifying these areas earlier, physicians can carefully target the prostate for biopsy and create an effective treatment plan if cancer is found.
The UroNav provides numerous benefits for patients. For example, there’s far less risk of overlooking a tumor. In addition, a GPS-like system carefully guides the biopsy needle to suspicious areas. That reduces the need for multiple, random biopsies – meaning fewer tissue samples are taken from the prostate, reducing discomfort and giving patients more peace of mind.
Prostate-cancer symptoms don’t really reveal themselves on their own, and frequently urinating overnight is not a definitive symptom of prostate cancer. Screenings, however, are important ways of checking for prostate cancer. These can include a PSA test, which is a blood test, and digital rectal exams that seek to detect any prostate irregularities. Biopsies of the prostate are another option, and family histories of prostate cancer are strong predictors of prostate cancer as well.
It’s also important to know that, in these unprecedented times, patients can feel they’ll be safe from COVID-19 when going to a doctor’s office or hospital for urology or any type of care. Providers are highly trained on how to proactively protect patients. Precautions include taking your temperature using no-contact thermometers when a patient enters. Registration and waiting areas use social distancing. Many facilities have erected plastic shielding in key areas, and patient appointments are staggered to minimize foot traffic. These steps are complemented by aggressive cleaning and sanitizing.
Urology care is just one type of primary, specialty and urgent care available to Garnet Health Doctors patients through Telehealth. Telehealth is a safe, secure way to receive care for new or ongoing medical needs through a phone call or live video connection. It is available to established and first-time patients and offers the convenience of not having to leave your home during the pandemic. It’s very likely that your insurance plan covers Telehealth visits, but confirm with your insurer.
Garnet Health’s introduction of the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System is just one way it strives to provide advanced care and ensure an exceptional experience for patients. Don’t delay getting care you need, whether it’s related to urology or any aspect of your health. Make an in-person or Telehealth appointment by calling (845) 333-7575. Learn more by visiting garnethealth.org/doctors.