Prostate Cancer Awareness and Blue September

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in New Zealand men. And one in five men that are diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from it. This month is labelled Blue September, a time to spread awareness of prostate cancer an initiative driven by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. Ormiston Hospital’s team of specialists regularly treat and diagnose prostate cancer. Part of this team is expert Urologist Dr Andrew Williams, who has long been an advocate for kiwi men warning them not to leave it too late.

Dr Williams is a private Urologist providing care to East and South Auckland communities. A highly experienced surgeon Dr William’s spent time in Canada attaining subspecialty qualification from the Society of Urological Oncology, where he treated high volumes of complex cancer surgeries. Dr Williams is accepting patient referrals at Ormiston Specialist Centre where in a private consultation with Dr Williams patients can discuss concerns and assess any symptoms.

Early detection usually takes place through a test, which can be arranged by a GP, these include PSA (blood test), DRE (exam), and PCA-3 (urine test). From here if there are any warning signs a referral will be made to a Urologist by the GP. Alternatively, any male can book in to see Dr Williams directly without a referral.

Early detection of prostate cancer (PCa) is important Regular prostate checks are important for men who:

  • Are over the age of 40 if there is a family history of prostate cancer;
  • Are older than 50, but younger than 70.

As an experienced surgeon Dr Andrew Williams performs radical prostatectomy at Ormstion Hospital, a treatement that can be done open, laparoscopically or robotically. In this procedure Dr Williams is able to remove the prostate gland and tissues surrounding it – this usually cures prostate cancer in men whose cancer is limited to just the prostate. This type of procedure is very safe. Side affects have shown to be mainly positive.

Before it gets to the stage, it is important to look out for warning symptoms. There can sometimes be no signs however, it usually starts with trouble passing urine. If any of the following occur it is recommended to let your GP know immediately:

  • Unusual trouble getting the flow of urine started or stopping (dribbling)
  • Weak stream of urine (starts and stops)
  • Needing urgently to pass urine and increased need to (and not much comes out)
  • Getting up at night to pass urine more than once
  • Feeling a need to pass more urine, even though none comes out
  • Pain and/or burning when passing urine; this may be a sign of infection

Surgery is performed at Ormiston Hospital and can involve a two to three-night stay, where patients can recover in comfort and privacy. Offering a tailored patient menu with wholesome and delicious food, as well as SkyTV and WiFi a lot of our patients describe their stay like “staying in a 5-star hotel.” Ormiston staff are highly trained in the recovery process of all procedures and can provide the right type of support to patients, including an onsite physiotherapist. Ormiston is a highly confidential and private environment, many of our patients don’t tell anyone what they are having done.

To make a booking with Dr Williams please call Ormiston Specialist Centre on: (09) 271 3305

 

Supporting those with Cancer this Daffodil Day.

On any day 63 New Zealanders will hear the words “you have cancer” (Cancer Society, 2020). A cancer diagnosis will deeply affect every aspect of a person’s life. This Friday, 28 August is Daffodil Day, a timely reminder of this horrible disease but also how much the Cancer Society does to support kiwis going through cancer.

daffodil day Ormiston

At Ormiston Hospital we are able to treat and diagnose many different types of cancers, including the most common cancers; bowel cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer (including melanoma). We care for our cancer patients with the utmost attention and respect.

The good news is, with the advancement in treatments many cancers can be cured if they’re found in time. It is estimated that in New Zealand about 1 in every 3 people who get cancer is cured (Ministry of Health, 2020).

Bowel cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths in New Zealand and is highly preventable. Ormiston Hospital provides cancer patients an advanced gastroenterology and endoscopy service. Endoscopy at Ormiston gives our community access to a team of expert specialists who use the latest in medical imaging technology to make an accurate diagnosis or directly treat any cancerous growths with immediacy. Identified during an endoscopy procedure these growths, known as colorectal polyps, are a small clump of cells that form on the lining of the colon. Patients will come in to Ormiston Hospital for endoscopy treatment following a physician’s referral. Depending on the case, a tissue sample may be taken, or a polyp can be removed during the procedure. This procedure is relatively quick and can be done as a day stay procedure, allowing our patients to return home to recover.

Similarly, Ormiston Hospital has expert surgeons who including gynaecologists, urologists and breast surgeons who treat other types of cancers. Our team of surgeons and specialists understand how difficult it can be to go through this process and back on the road to recovery. With the support of organisations like the Cancer Society, patients are able to access further support and resources to help during this life changing time.

The Cancer Society relies on donations from the public and sponsors. Unforunately they have had to cancel this year’s street appeal for the first time in 30 years – putting a financial strain on one of their biggest collection days. With the help of donations, the Cancer Society work hard to help cancer patients get to medical appointments, provide accommodation where necessary and have specialist nurses who provide support through treatments.

With the Alert Levels changing throughout the country there are many safe ways to donate online if you are able to this Daffodil Day.

If making a donation is not possible for you at this time there are other ways you can help, look at volunteering opportunities: https://auckland-northland.cancernz.org.nz/how-to-get-involved/volunteer/ or take part in  other fundraising events: https://auckland-northland.cancernz.org.nz/how-to-get-involved/take-part/