Robot Technology Aids in Education

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Dr Alejandro Granados from Imperial College London demonstrates
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Excerpts from Medical News Today contained below.

Technology seems to be moving at lightening speed these days. From computers that fit in our hand, to robotic learning tools. It’s a progressive time in our history.  This past July, scientists at Imperial College London developed a prosthetic buttocks and rectum to help train doctors and nurses to perform prostate cancer exams.

The idea is the device helps train doctors and nurses to perform rectal examinations by accurately recreating the feel of a rectum, as well as providing feedback on their examination technique. The device contains small robotic arms that apply pressure to the silicone rectum, to recreate the shape and feel of the back passage.

Rectal examinations are necessary to diagnose conditions such as prostate cancer and involve a medic placing their index finger into the anus, and feeling the prostate gland.

 

Generally, cancerous prostates tend to feel hard and knobbly, but learning exactly what a potentially cancerous prostate feels like can be difficult, explains Dr Fernando Bello, from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London: “Internal examinations are really challenging to learn – and to teach. Because the examinations occur in the body, the trainer cannot see what the trainee is doing, and vice versa. In addition to this, medics rarely get the chance to practise the examination, as few patients would volunteer as practice subjects. In fact there is only one person registered in the country as a test subject, called a Rectal Teaching Assistant (RTA) in the UK.

“But the results of these examinations can have major implications for patients – they are very important for early diagnosis of various conditions such as prostate cancer.”

Although plastic models exist to help train medical staff, these do not feel like living flesh and tissue, added Dr Bello. Therefore to help doctors and nurses practice how to perform these examinations – and to ensure they are as comfortable as possible for patients, Dr Bello and his team have created a robotic ‘trainer rectum’.

When using the trainer, a doctor inserts his finger inside a silicone thimble attached to robotic technology able to recreate the exact sensation of the human rectum.

Furthermore, a computer screen behind the device can display a 3D model of the rectum and prostate, allowing the doctor, with the aid of 3D glasses, to see the anatomy while they perform the examination. The technology can be programmed for different scenarios, allowing the anatomy to be changed each time, explained Dr Alejandro Granados, also from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial and who is leading the development of the robotic rectum.

He added: “We have already asked a number of doctors and nurses – including prostate specialists and cancer surgeons – to trial the technology. They commented on the great advantage of being able to alter the anatomy. The size and shape of the rectum and prostate can vary greatly from person to person, and this technology enables medics to practice their skills in many different virtual patients. They also observed that because these examinations are performed solely by feel, experiencing a realistic sensation is crucial.”

Furthermore, the team are continuing to perfect the device, by collecting data from real prostate examinations in patients.

To read the full article at Medical News Today click here.

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The Legacy of a Legend…Farewell, Mr. Palmer

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Recently, golf legend, Arnold Palmer passed away. We’re all aware of the legacy of golf achievements the man left. Over 9o championships, in addition to 18 wins in foreign championships and 12 wins on the senior tour he was not only a force on the golf course, but in the community of cancer research and treatment.

This is a less well-known part of Arnold’s history, as he was more concerned with moving the cause forward than personal notority. At age 67 in 1997, Arnold had a PSA screening test for prostate cancer. His PSA had been rising for 2-3 years and had resulted in 2 prior normal prostate biopsies. But this time, his third biopsy showed him to have prostate cancer. He went to Mayo clinic where the doctors discussed the treatment options. Wanting the highest chance for cure, Arnold opted for surgery to remove his prostate. The findings showed enough risk for possible recurrence that he then received 7 weeks of radiation therapy. Remarkably, only 6 weeks later, after physical therapy, Arnold was back on the golf course competing in tournaments.

He won the admiration of his fans (known as Arnie’s Army) and all Americans by becoming a lifelong spokesperson for prostate cancer control. He advocated prostate cancer screening with PSA. Regarding screening, and in keeping with current recommendations, he felt that men’s lives would be better if they just talked to their doctor about it. “That’s health and living”, he said, and felt that being healthy is the “good life”.

Arnold also formed the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center in Palm Springs at the Eisenhower Lucy Curie Cancer Center, and then supported the Arnold Palmer Pavilion at U. Pittsburgh Medical Center and Latrobe Area Hospital. Because of his advocacy, many more men have been cured of prostate cancer and are survivors.

Funny Man Ben Stiller: Prostate cancer test ‘saved my life’

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Actor Ben Stiller revealed on Tuesday he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. The tumor was surgically removed three months later, in September 2014, and Stiller has been cancer-free since.

Stiller shared the news on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, and in an essay posted online.

According to Stiller, it was the prostate-specific antigen test, a blood test known as the PSA, that saved his life. He was tested and treated in his 40s.

To Read More at Cnn.com Click Here!   Be sure to check out the infographics below to see what risk factors affect you!

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Get to know IPCF Board Member, Oscar Robertson!

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Here at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation we are lucky to have the support of our many esteemed board members.They donate their time, expertise and financial support to continuing our efforts to fight prostate cancer and it’s effects.

Recently, board member Oscar Robertson, was featured in The Wall Street Journal.  You can read more about Oscar and his road to success here! Congratulations Oscar, you have shown us all what it’s like to succeed while overcoming the challenges life throws at us.

On the Lighter Side. . .

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We all know that Dogs are amazing creatures, not only are they man’s loyal best friend, they often aid us by performing jobs to help better society. Drugs, explosives, and blood, are just a few of the things dogs have been trained to sense. They have also proved successful in tracking other animals, missing persons and suspects to aid police. There is even evidence to suggest those powerful sniffers can aid in early detection of cancer!

Published studies have shown that dogs can detect early stage cancer with 88% specificity, and 99% sensitivity. You may have even seen some cases in the media where a woman’s pet alerted them to breast cancer growing within her.  There is no denying a dog’s extraordinary sense of smell. While we have around 5 million olfactory cells in our noses – receptors that detect different odors – dogs have approximately 200 million. It is dogs’ acute ability to trace scents that has made them so attractive to the medical world. More recently, those cuddly canines appeared in the news again for the detection of prostate cancer!

  • Italian researchers say they’ve trained two female German shepherd dogs to sniff out prostate cancer and the canines have greater than 90% accuracy.
  • The research team from the Humanitas Clinical and Research Center in Milan, Italy collected urine samples from 362 men diagnosed with prostate cancer at various stages of the disease. They also collected urine samples from 418 men and 122 women who were either healthy, had a different kind of cancer or who had a different health condition.
  • They then trained Zoe and Liu, three-year-old bomb detection dogs who worked with the Italian armed forces, to detect specific volatile organic compounds in urine associated with prostate cancer.
  • After the dogs were retrained, they were tested using batches of six urine samples from the men with prostate cancer, positioned at random among the non-prostate cancer urine samples.
  • (bulleted information from http://hometestingblog.testcountry.com/?p=28359)

This is an interesting development and we are excited to follow it and watch it develop. So remember, your dog isn’t just a wonderful companion in your life, he’s a hero that could save it!  For more information on dogs detecting cancer, please visit some of the resources below.

http://www.dogsdetectcancer.org

http://pets.webmd.com/features/pets-amazing-abilities

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/can-dogs-detect-human-health-problems/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277012.php

http://medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

Our Founder Dr. Patel honored in Local Publication!

Our Founder Dr. Vipul Patel was recently honored with coverage in November’s issue of Life in Keene’s Pointe. Promoting November and Prostate Cancer Awareness Dr. Patel is always happy to lend his time and efforts. Here at The International Prostate Cancer Foundation we are always excited about opportunities to spread awareness and educate men on the importance of screening!

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Grow that ‘Stache!

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It’s that time of year again, time for men everywhere to grow their mustache in support of men’s health! We continue to fulfill our foundation mission to educate by creating awareness and honoring the survivors that give their time to our cause!

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This year, we sponsored the #MagicMustache Night held by Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital. On November 1, 2014, survivors and supporters alike joined together to spread the word about prostate cancer. Founder Dr. Vipul Patel and board member Oscar Robertson hosted a pre-game reception, a half time presentation, and tribute to the prostate cancer survivors in attendance.

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Social Media and Television helped us spread the word and create a buzz. Fox Sports interviewed Oscar during Pre-Game, and you can see they had a little mustache fun on air! Live tweets and other social media posts were fed live on the center court screen throughout the evening.

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With over 15,000 attendees, the night was a great success, educating and honoring the community and survivors! Let’s keep this momentum going throughout the month of November. If you haven’t already grown your mustache , then get started! Create your own social media campaign among your friends and colleagues, after all it’s for a great cause.

We encourage you this month to grow that mustache and Share it to our Facebook page! Don’t forget the hash tag. #magicmustache

Do not miss a chance to help fight the cause!!

As you may have heard, the International Prostate Foundation’s Celebration of Life Gala is quickly approaching. With world renowned guest speakers, an amazing dinner and fabulous entertainment, the Gala is guaranteed to be an event full of education and excitement.

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On the morning of March 8th, a complimentary Educational Event will be held at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios, Orlando. RSVP is required for the event so please EMAIL US to hold a spot for you if your interested in attending. Then later that evening, put on your black tie and join us at 6pm for a fundraising Gala. Enjoy the great food and entertainment while helping to fight for the cause! Registration is required, so click HERE to purchase your tickets. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to help end prostate cancer, click DONATE.

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For more photos from the inaugural Gala in 2012, visit our IMAGE GALLERY.

Dr Drew is Cancer Free!

In the past few weeks Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call, has begun talking about his battle with prostate cancer. “While many of you were celebrating the Fourth of July, I was at home on my couch recovering from a robotic prostatectomy. Four hours of surgery had left me in great pain, without an appetite, and in need of help to get up and lie down. But I was cancer-free for the first time in at least two years.”

According to an essay on the HLN’s Network Blog, it was only after his wife, Susan, pressured him to get a check up, that it was noticed that Pinsky’s Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels had gone up from a “one” to a “four”. While this was still considered in the “normal” range an ultrasound was performed and revealed that the central lobe of his prostate was bigger than it should have been. Pinsky was then diagnosed with prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate.

Based on his PSA levels and this increase in the size of his prostate, Pinsky’s doctor strongly suggested that a biopsy be performed. This biopsy revealed that he definitely had prostate cancer. The next step was a phase of Active Surveillance, in which the tumor was monitored over the course of more than a year. Finally after a third biopsy, about two to three months ago, it was noticed that the tumor had begun to change shape, and as a result was time to have it removed.

Pinsky states, that he is discussing his battle to help make men aware. It is his goal to inform men that most are likely to get prostate cancer and that they should not panic if and when that time comes. “I’m grateful this was a detectable and  survivable cancer. I’m pleased that the judgement and intuition of my physicians were spot-on every step of the way.”

We at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation commend Dr Drew Pinsky for his bravery and willingness to go public about his battle, as putting faces on this disease is key in creating awareness.

Dr Drew Pinsky’s Top Ten Things to Know about Prostate Cancer

  • Prostate cancer is a complex disease.
  • It behaves differently at different ages.
  • PSA screening is complicated and controversial.
  • If your doctor recommends a biopsy or ultrasound, don’t refuse simply because it involves a sensitive part of your body.
  • If the results show the presence of cancer, don’t panic.
  • Time is on your side. Don’t rush decisions about radiation or surgery.
  • Many men can opt for active surveillance, watching the prostate over a period of months or years.
  • There isn’t a by-the-book, one-size-fits-all treatment.
  • Trust your doctors’ judgment and instincts. They have seen thousands of cases.
  • You’re seeing your first case, and it’s you.

Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum – An Educational Success!!

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Men and their Spouses Register for Men’s Health Forum

The International Prostate Cancer Foundation successfully perpetuates their misison in the 2013 Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum.  The event, in partnership with Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute, was held with efforts to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate cancer screening.  Men and their spouses were invited to learn about men’s healthcare maintenance, basic screening practices and advanced nutritional and healthy lifestyle practices.  With well over 70 community members in attendance, the program has more than fulfilled it’s purpose.

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An Attentive and Educated Audience Quiz our Expert Panel

Those in attendance benefited from expert lectures and discussions on topics including:

  • Importance of Health Care Maintenance
  • Basic Health Care Screening That Every Man Should Have
  • Diet and Exercise Recommendations
  • Cardiac Risk Factors and Routine Maintenance
  • Common Diseases of Aging:  Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity Management
  • Prostate Health Maintenance and Cancer Screening
  • A Man’s Perspective on Health Maintenance – Personal Testimony – Oscar Robinson
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Dr. Skip Franco Reviews Recommendations for Men’s Health Maintenence

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A Full House
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Men’s Health Panel

We would like to recognize IPCF founder Dr. Vipul Patel along with Dr. Skip Franco and Mr. Edward Mellet for organizing and participatig in the event.  In addition, the forum featured NBA All-Star Legend Oscar Robinson as guest speaker, along with faculty members Mr. Bill Kelly, Dr. Atul Madan, David Robinson MD, Dr. Ranjan Perera and Cynthia Buffington PHD.

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Our Expert Faculty

Special thanks to all who attended. We encourage you to share your experience and spread knowledge as our hope is to extend this program to communities nationwide.

For full highlights and photos visit The International Prostate Cancer Foundation on Facebook & view the full album.