Prostate Care Program
Howard L. Adler, M.D., F.A.C.S.,
Medical Director of Prostate Care Program
Angela Pekrul, RN, BSN
Nursing Director, Prostate Care Program
Elizabeth Schriener, Administrative Assistant II
Free Prostate Cancer Screenings
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer and about 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime early detection offers the best chance for long-term survival, which is why the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test combined with a brief exam has become an event for so many men. Stony Brook Medicine's Department of Urology has a long-standing commitment to providing free prostate cancer screenings for at risk individuals. The Prostate Care Program team has been recognized for their efforts and has received citations from New York State Senators John Flanagan, Kenneth Lavalle, and New York State Assembly.
Recognizing that there is a great deal of debate regarding prostate cancer screening, our team of experts provides information and counseling to allow each man to determine if prostate cancer screening is appropriate for him. Doctor Howard Adler, the teams Medical Director believes that having knowledge of one’s PSA is “an invitation to a conversation” A starting point to an important discussion about prostate health.
Our Prostate Care Program is committed to providing individual evaluations and recommendations to all men with prostate health issues. Questions regarding urination difficulties and other prostatic/urologic issues can be briefly addressed and referrals are provided to the correct practitioners for assistance and treatment.
The American Cancer Society recommends screenings for men 50 years of age and older, who are at average risk. Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65). Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).
The Prostate Care Program offers free screenings throughout the year at the Stony at various locations across Suffolk County, Long Island. In order to streamline the screening process, participants are asked to pre-register for the screening event they wish to attend, and down load and print the pre-screening questionnaire.
|Upcoming FREE Prostate Screenings|
Please call 631-444-4000 to register for the event.
Men who are found to have an abnormality (PSA, prostate exam, or both) are encouraged to follow-up with one of our prostate experts in the Department of Urology to discuss specific options including transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy. Patients who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have access to our multidisciplinary team of experts from Urology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology to determine their best management options. These options include active surveillance, robotic surgery, radiation therapy, multi-modality therapy, and clinical trials. The multidisciplinary team meets twice monthly in order to discuss the management of prostate cancer and other urologic oncology patients.
Men who do not have prostate cancer are also encouraged to consult with one of our Urology experts for management of benign prostate hyperplasia and/or urinary symptoms. Management options offered to patients include observation, medical therapy, and modern surgical techniques (e.g. Greenlight laser therapy).