Medical Rounds with Dr. Stuart Kesler

Medical Rounds with Dr. Stuart Kesler


Tonight in Medical Rounds.
In just a few weeks now, Hartford HealthCare will be hosting the ZERO Prostate Cancer
Walk/Run in Hartford. ZERO, a national nonprofit
organization, together with Hartford HealthCare is
bringing the largest national men’s health event in the country
right here to Connecticut. Dr. Stuart Kesler, a urologist
at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney
Institute, is joining us tonight to talk more about prostate
cancer and the race itself. First, doctor, thank you very much for being here with us tonight. – Thanks for having me. – Let me start – there’s
been some conflicting information as of late regarding
prostate cancer screening and a blood test known as PSA. Tell us what that is, and what’s actually
currently being recommended. – That’s a great question,
and there is a lot of controversy and confusion
about the PSA test. And it’s probably because
a lot of studies that have come out have had conflicting
conclusions on the test. The United States Preventative
Services Task Force recently upgraded their
recommendation to a C, which basically means that
patients between the ages of 55 and 70 should have a discussion with their medical
doctor or their urologist about the benefits of this test for them. – What are some of the
treatments Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute offers for men with prostate cancer now? – It does depend on what
stage the disease is, when it was found, which kind of goes back
to your first question. If someone did involve
themselves with screening, perhaps the disease could
be found at an earlier stage where there are more treatment
options available to them. For localized disease, the main
three options would include surveillance or monitoring of the disease, radiation therapy or surgery. If you’re dealing with more
advanced prostate cancer, then you’re talking more about treatments such as hormone therapy
or something called hormone deprivation or chemotherapy. – It’s certainly very good to know that you all are there
to help, that’s for sure. ZERO is a national
nonprofit with the mission of eliminating prostate
cancer, and they asked the Hartford Healthcare Tallwood
Urology & Kidney Institute to be its host for the only
race here in Connecticut. This is fantastic. Tell us more about it. – This is the third year that
we’re involved in this race working with ZERO. And it’s
a great opportunity for us to raise awareness for prostate
cancer and to raise money for prostate cancer research. Last year, we raised over $100,000 for these types of programs, and we hope to surpass that this year. Even if you’re not a runner, you
can run in the race clearly. But if you want to walk, if you
just want to root people on, it’s a great opportunity to
show your support for this. It’s a great family-friendly
event. You can be of all ages. I ran in this race two
years ago with my son. He beat my time but nonetheless it was a great family opportunity. We really want as many people to come out and show their support. – Certainly a great event
for a wonderful cause. Dr. Stuart Kesler, thank
you so much for sharing all this great information
with us for us tonight. The ZERO Prostate Cancer Race
will be held on June 30 at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, that’s in Hartford. To register for the race,
we have a link on wfsb.com and the Channel 3 app.

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