Study Shows Hidden Prostate Cancer Biopsy Means Good Outcome

Study Shows Hidden Prostate Cancer Biopsy Means Good Outcome

Negative biopsies among early-stage prostate cancer patients that have chosen active surveillance are associated with a low risk of disease progression. Unfortunately, they aren’t a sign that their cancer has completely vanished, a new study indicates.

“Active surveillance” refers to close monitoring for signs of cancer progression. It is often called “watchful waiting.”  Patients sometimes get regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, prostate exams, imaging, and repeat biopsies. The objective of active surveillance is to avoid or delay treatment and its side effects without putting patients at risk of cancer progression and death.

Sometimes, active surveillance patients have negative biopsies that show no evidence of prostate cancer. While some of these patients may believe that their cancer has “vanished,” they most likely have low-volume or limited, hidden areas of prostate cancer that weren’t detected in the biopsy sample.

“While a negative biopsy is good news, the long-term implications associated with such ‘hidden’ cancers remain unclear,” said study author Dr. Carissa Chu, from the University of California, San Francisco.

For the study, Chu and colleagues analyzed data from 514 men undergoing active surveillance for early-stage prostate cancer between 2000 and 2019. All had at least three surveillance biopsies after their initial prostate cancer diagnosis. Of those patients, 37% had at least one negative biopsy, including 15% with consecutive negative biopsies, according to the report.

Men with negative biopsies had more favorable disease characteristics, including low PSA density and fewer samples with cancer at the initial prostate biopsy. Negative biopsies were also associated with good long-term outcomes, the researchers said.

After 10 years, rates of survival with no need for prostate cancer treatment (such as surgery or radiation) were 84% for men with consecutive negative biopsies, 74% for those with one negative biopsy and 66% for those with no negative biopsies.

After adjusting for other factors, the researchers concluded that men with one or more negative biopsies were much less likely to have cancer detected on a later biopsy.

“For men undergoing active surveillance, negative biopsies indicate low-volume disease and lower rates of disease progression,” Chu said in a journal news release. “These ‘hidden’ cancers have excellent long-term outcomes and remain ideal for continued active surveillance.”

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida to aid in any prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology.

The #Movember Movement Raises Awareness About Prostate Cancer

The #Movember Movement Raises Awareness About Prostate Cancer

Did you know that November is a special month dedicated to Men’s Health? The #movember movement is a way to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health, and much more! Sometimes the men are overlooked. This month is a perfect reminder that we gotta take care of men. And it is to help remind men to take care of themselves. Taking care of your health is essential to a longer life, a happier life, and peace of mind.
We at Z Urology are offering prostate cancer exams at all three of our locations in South Florida! If you live in or around Coral Springs, Pompano Beach or Fort Lauderdale then contact us today! Getting a prostate cancer exam is crucial to staying ahead of the game when it comes to cancer prevention. By getting an exam, you are making sure that you are taking your personal health seriously. That is the first step.
Please remember that in #movember (and every other month), to support men’s health, Z Urology not only specializes in the brand new cutting edge Rezum procedure but also specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

You can go to the website directly and set up an appointment or you can call 954-714-8200. Either way, you contact, you will be setting up to see the leading urologist office in all of South Florida. With an extremely talented and professional staff of doctors and more, you are in truly good hands with the doctors and nurses at Z Urology.

Z Urology are the Leading Urologists in Coral Springs

Z Urology are the Leading Urologists in Coral Springs

When looking up who the leading urologists are in Coral Springs, Florida, there really is only one answer. As a matter of fact, when looking up the leading urologist in all of South Florida there also is only one answer. If you need a hint, the answer is Z Urology! So how did Z Urology become the leaders?

Z Urology was founded in 2005 by Dr. Michael P. Zahalsky. The offices have grown adding amazing doctors Mini Varghese, MD, Christopher Hollowell, MD, FACS, MD, Michael Tyler, MD and Laurel Sofer, MD along with a team of dynamic Physician Assistant’s. Z Urology prides itself on providing “state of the art” urologic care to South Florida with a focus on both male and female urology. The practice specializes in all urologic procedures specifically minimally invasive methods. Z Urology’s goal is to provide exceptional urologic care, tertiary academic medicine to our South Florida community.

Dr. Z recognizes the importance of the patient / provider relationship. Z Urology strives to provide patients with a top-quality, comfortable experience whether in the office, the hospital, or the skilled nursing facility. They recognize the importance of communication and meeting the needs of all patients. In doing so, the staff speaks a variety of languages that include English, Spanish, and Creole.

Did you know that Z Urology always has one of our practitioners available to patients via on-call phone access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? The practice is completely electronic, including the medical records system and there is access to each patient’s medical history if needed.

What Services Does the Leading Urologist Offer?

There are many services that Z Urology and it’s doctors offer to those in need in Coral Springs, Florida. Services (and treatments) include:

  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia aka BPH (Rezum & UroLift),
  • DAVINCI Robotic Surgery (Radical Prostatectomy, Simple Prostatectomy, Radical and Partial Nephrectomy, Urinary Reconstruction)
  • Kidney & Bladder Stones (Laser Lithotripsy, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy, Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy)
  • Men’s & Women’s Sexual Health (Erectile Dysfunction, Male Infertility, Penile Prosthesis, Sexual Dysfunction, Peyronie’s Disease)
  • Urinary Dysfunction (Urinary Incontinence, Urinary Tract Infections, Bladder & Urethral Slings, Interstitial Cystitis)
  • Urinary Reconstruction (Bladder Fistula, Bladder Mesh Revision, Bladder & Urethral Slings, Pyeloplasty, Ureteral Reimplantation)
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • PRO-NOX
  • Prostate Cancer Treatment
  • Vasectomies

 

Please keep in mind that Z Urology, the leading urologists in South Florida, not only specialize in all of these procedures, but also in the brand new cutting edge Rezum Procedure, but also specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

If you are suffering in any way from any of these issues, now is the time to make an appointment with Z Urology. If by chance you can not make it in right away, you also have the option of a telemedicine visit.

Telemedicine visits are available to all patients, new and established. Please keep in mind that you must first call the office at 954-714-8200 to schedule an appointment. You cannot click on the telemedicine link and enter the waiting room unless you have a scheduled appointment.

Also, to avoid unexpected charges, it is recommended that one calls their health insurance provider prior to booking to ensure that Telemedicine Visits with your Urology provider are a covered service. Otherwise, you may receive a bill for the service cost.

Is the Rezum® Procedure a Miracle Cure for BPH

Is the Rezum® Procedure a Miracle Cure for BPH

Is the new Rezum Procedure a miracle cure for BPH? Well, it might very well be. And the patients that have had the procedure here at Z Urology would attest to that.

To know what the Rezum procedure does, let’s first go over some facts. The prostate is an organ in men that surrounds the urethra. As it grows, it impinges or compresses the urethra and makes it difficult to urinate causing some significant, irritating symptoms. An enlarged prostate, also known as BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), is a condition many men face as they get older. It affects half of men by age 60 and a whopping 70% of men over 60.

Unfortunately, BPH sneaks up on a lot of men, who soon realize they are having to use the restroom all the time, especially at night. Getting up once or twice now becomes three or four times.

Introducing the ‘miracle’, Rezum Water Vapor Therapy.

Rezum Water Vapor Therapy is a new solution that actually treats enlarged prostates, not just the symptoms. The therapy works as steam is injected into the prostate where it destroys the excess prostate tissue. The body then reabsorbs the tissue to open the urinary tube allowing the urine to come out in a freer manner.

Clinical studies support that Rezum Therapy relieves BPH symptoms safely and effectively, eliminating the need for BPH medications while also preserving sexual function. It helps most men see symptom improvement within a few weeks and return to regular activities within a few days after treatment.

Rezum Water Vapor Therapy is covered by most commercial and Medicare plans. Visit ZUrology.com to learn more about the procedure and how we can help you solve the BPH nightmare.

Please keep in mind that Z Urology not only specializes in the brand new cutting edge Rezum procedure but also specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

Boston Scientific Presents Dr. Christopher Hollowell Award for Rezum Procedure.

Boston Scientific Presents Dr. Christopher Hollowell Award for Rezum Procedure.

Coral Springs, FL – October 20, 2020
We at Z Urology are proud to announce that Boston Scientific has awarded our Dr. Christopher Hollowell the Center of Excellence and Center of Education Award for the Rezum Procedure.
Rezum water vapor therapy is a minimally invasive treatment for men with symptomatic BPH.
“We are honored to be designated the rare Boston Scientific Rezum Center of Excellence and Education. We are a global leader in minimally invasive BPH procedures because of our exceptional patient care and outcomes. We have hosted patients from all over the world, and strive to provide individual care, one patient, at a time.”
“As a Center of Education, we help train urologists and urology residents on the Rezum procedure and best practices. We are one of only a handful of centers worldwide to hold both designations. Moreover, we are the only urology practice in the world to have two Center of excellence physicians.”

Z Urology is proud to call Dr. Hollowell one of our own. Please keep in mind that Z Urology not only specializes in the brand new cutting edge Rezum technology, but also specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Procedures include bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

If you are in need of a urologist in South Florida, then contact Z Urology for a team that is dedicated to delivering world-class expertise in urology, along with an unwavering commitment to their patients. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.