“We are here celebrating pride and diversity because UCLA Health is inclusive and is totally fabulous,” says Dr. Mark Litwin, professor and chair of UCLA Urology. Laura Baybridge, executive chief administrative officer for the UCLA Department of Urology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says, “UCLA Urology is now [...]
Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer While PSA testing to screen for prostate cancer has led to more detection, the concept of “active surveillance” is gaining traction as a means to reduce overtreatment of the disease.
Like many men diagnosed with prostate cancer, Bill Pickett faced a tough question when he came to UCLA for treatment: how to fight it? Prostate cancer is one of the more curable cancers — it has a 96 percent survival rate 15 years after diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society.
As a physician in my early 60s, I was more than aware of the risk of prostate cancer, and had been monitoring my PSA levels off and on for a few years. I had a biopsy a few years ago which was normal, but the levels kept rising, slowly. Nonetheless, [...]
What It’s Like to Have to Pee 40 Times a Day. From the time the alarm went off to walking out the door in the morning, I would be in and out of the bathroom five to ten times. I have overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) paired with a smaller than normal bladder capacity, which is thought to be due to a congenital birth defect. For me, this means that I have to urinate, a lot, sometimes more than 30 to 40 times a day.
It was a routine, annual checkup for Ed Evans. His blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. Ed exercised regularly and watched his diet, so physically he was in great shape. Everything looked fine, until his blood work came back. The doctor explained that Ed’s PSA levels were dangerously high. That Spring afternoon in 2012, Ed learned that he had prostate cancer.
Teri Parcon was looking forward to the birth of her son, Dexter, when a routine prenatal ultrasound revealed some bad news: Her baby had end-stage renal disease, a condition resulting in severely limited kidney function and requiring either dialysis or transplantation to ensure survival. Dexter was transferred to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center under the care of Dr. Jennifer Singer, a UCLA pediatric urologist with expertise in treating patients with end-stage renal disease.
Unfortunately, cancer runs in Barbara Pytlewski’s family. Years ago, she and her brother learned they have Lynch syndrome, a hereditary condition associated with a high risk of developing colon cancer, as well as an increased likelihood of urinary tract, uterine and liver cancers.
Ilija Sakota's left kidney was removed due to cancer in 2004. Last year, his right kidney was diagnosed as cancerous.
A pair of sisters attracted – national attention in January when Mississippi governor Haley Barbour released them from prison-on condition that one donate a kidney to the other.