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Prostate Cancer Support And Education Group

Whether you’re newly diagnosed and just learning about prostate cancer, or if you’re a long-time survivor and want to know what’s new in prostate cancer treatment and management, this group is for you. Sessions include patient support, as well as informative sessions with speakers presenting on topics such as prostate cancer treatments, anxiety, nutrition, and more.

All prostate cancer survivors and their family members are welcome.
Times for all sessions are 6 to 8 p.m.

2020 DATES:

  • February 20
  • April 16
  • June 18
  • August 20
  • October 15
  • December 3

WHERE: Urology of Central PA 100
Corporate Center Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Please register by calling 717-724-0380.


Educational Seminar to Discuss Overactive Bladder, Causes, and Treatments

Attend a free educational seminar about Overactive Bladder’s causes, treatment options and coverage on Thursday, January 30. Hosted by Urology of Central Pennsylvania at the Camp Hill Giant Community Center, the seminar will be held on the second floor of the Giant at 3301 Trindle Road, in Camp Hill. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.

Overactive Bladder or OAB is extremely common. 1 in 6 adults has OAB – making it more common than vision problems and diabetes. Many people think that urinary leakage is just part of getting older, but it is not.

The seminar will discuss conditions, causes and symptoms of OAB and outline the variety of treatment options available. Information about which therapies are covered by Medicare and private insurers will also be shared.

RSVP by January 24 to or by calling 717-888-9000. The event is co-sponsored by Medtronic and Urology of Central Pennsylvania and supported by the National Association for Continence.

Overactive Bladder Causes and Treatments Educational Seminar Flyer


Advanced Treatment for Overactive Bladder – InterStim

When conservative treatments like lifestyle changes, medications and pelvic floor exercises do not relieve the symptoms of Overactive Bladder (OAB), an advanced treatment, like InterStim, may be the answer. InterStim is like a small pacemaker for the bladder and helps control the urges caused by an Overactive Bladder (OAB).

Dr. Vanessa Elliott, a board-certified urologist with Urology of Central PA, has fellowship-training in female urology and voiding dysfunction and helps many men and women experiencing the frequency, urgency and leakage caused by OAB. She shares more information about InterStim, who will benefit from InterStim and how InterStim works in this video.


UCPA’s Dr. Lewis Harpster featured on abc27’s Good Day PA

Joe Brittain, an active volunteer with the Special Olympics, visited his family doctor for a routine physical the day after Thanksgiving in 2018. His doctor’s office contacted him after the appointment because his PSA levels were high.

Dr. Lewis Harpster of Urology of Central Pennsylvania treated Joe’s prostate cancer through a number of treatments. Watch below to see their story and how Joe is doing now. (This show was broadcast on November 7, 2019, with UPMC Pinnacle’s Hillman Cancer Center.)


New Minimally-Invasive Treatment for BPH Delivering Positive Outcomes

Rezūm, a new treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), allows BPH patients to regain quality of life and preserve sexual function through a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure. Urology of Central Pennsylvania is proud to be the first in the central Pennsylvania region to offer Rezūm, further proving our commitment to provide the most advanced urologic care and enhanced technology for our patients.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a common urological condition affecting men caused by the growth of the prostate gland. 40% of men in their 50s and 90% of men over 90 years have BPH. Symptoms of BPH include frequency, urgency, trouble starting, dribbling at the end, or inability to completely empty the bladder. The condition is often treated with lifestyle changes, medication, minimally-invasive options or surgery. (To obtain your International Prostate Symptom Score and determine your BPH symptom severity, take this survey.)


Overactive Bladder is Common and Treatable

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition with symptoms that include urinary urgency, frequency and possibly urinary leakage. More than 40 percent of women have OAB, but many do not seek help due to embarrassment.

Dr. Vanessa Elliott of Urology of Central Pennylvania is a board-certified urologist and is fellowship trained in female urology and voiding dysfunction. Learn from Dr. Elliott as she shares an overview of overactive bladder, how often she sees patients with OAB and what people with OAB can do to help alleviate symptoms.


Pot Luck Holiday Party for Prostate Cancer Patients, Survivors & Family

Come share the holiday spirit with other prostate cancer patients, survivors and their family members at this special party!

Bring a dish to share and enjoy some time talking with other men and families coping with prostate cancer. It will be an encouraging night of holiday fun and camaraderie building.

Join us on Thursday, December 5, from 6 – 8 p.m., at Urology of Central Pennsylvania’s offices, 100 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 100, in Camp Hill.


November Bladder Cancer Support Group Meeting

Urology of Central PA is proud to work with area partners to support our patients and community.

The next Bladder Cancer Support Group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, at the Penn State Health University Conference Center, located at 30 Conference Drive, in Hershey, PA 17033.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Bladder Cancer Support Group meeting will run from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Drinks will be provided and attendees are welcome to bring a breakfast/brunch food to share.

All patients and their families are welcome to attend the Hershey Bladder Cancer Support Group at Penn State Health.

The Hershey Bladder Cancer Support Group meets on the second Saturday of January, March, May, July, September and November. They also have a newsletter and regular events. To learn more, please contact Theda Shaw, RN at 717-531-3038 or David at 717-926-1038.


New Services Save Patients Time and Money while Increasing Access to Information for Overactive Bladder Patients

What is overactive bladder?

Overactive bladder is a condition with symptoms that include urinary urgency, frequency and possibly urinary leakage. Spasms of the bladder muscles cause people to feel like they must urinate often and quickly, even though there may not be much urine in the bladder. Spasms may be due to muscles that are too active, inappropriate nerve signals between the bladder and the brain, hormone changes, pelvic floor weakness, neurological disorders or a urinary tract infection (UTI).

How will UCPA’s new services help patients?

For those suffering from an overactive bladder (OAB), Urology of Central Pennsylvania has gone a step beyond routine standard care. We have created an easy route for patients to better communicate with healthcare providers and find the right solution, saving patients both time and money.

These new services are called UCPA’s OAB Patient Navigator and OAB Care Pathway.