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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.)

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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.

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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.

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Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions

Have you ever wondered what a doctor would say about a urological question you have, but resorted to scouring the Internet instead? With our new “Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions” program, you can get information from a Urology of Central Pennsylvania physician shared on our social media channels – Facebook and Twitter.

Questions may be submitted anonymously via the form below or by private message through UCPA’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. (Hyperlink to each page) We will review the question and a physician will provide feedback.

“Potty Talk: Answering Your Urology Questions” will be posted on Thursdays, so start thinking about your questions and send them our way!

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Men, Advocate for Your Health – Get a Prostate Cancer Screening

Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed in Pennsylvanian men, but most men don’t advocate for their health or seek the screenings that may save their lives.

Read more from PA Prostate Cancer Coalition Chairman, James Williams, in this PennLive.com op-ed.

September is prostate cancer awareness month | Opinion – pennlive.com

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month but receives little exposure as compared to October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).

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What Happens After You Survive Prostate Cancer — Herschel Chalk’s Story

For Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Urology of Central Pennsylvania partnered with other organizations to increase awareness about the disease. While many draw attention to prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, it is also important to recognize the ways that it may change a man’s life.

After a man survives prostate cancer, there may be complications that significantly affect his life — his sex life and relationship with his partner.

There are ways that Urology of Central PA can help, as showcased by the story below. Many options are available to help men regain a healthy sex life following prostate cancer. If you are suffering, Urology of Central PA can help. Please contact us today.

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What Happens After You Survive Prostate Cancer — Danny Bogard’s Story

For Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, Urology of Central Pennsylvania partnered with other organizations to increase awareness about the disease. While many draw attention to prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, it is also important to recognize the ways that it may change a man’s life.

After a man survives prostate cancer, there may be complications that significantly affect his life — his sex life and relationship with his partner.

There are ways that Urology of Central PA can help, as showcased by the story below. Many options are available to help men regain a healthy sex life following prostate cancer. If you are suffering, Urology of Central PA can help. Please contact us today.

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2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Surpasses Goals, Raises $1 Million Over 12 Years

When UCPA’s Terry Vennell and Cindy Nelson arrived at City Island on Friday, September 20, for the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg, they knew it would be a special night. The event chair duo, along with other UCPA staff, have helped to plan the Harrisburg ZERO Run/Walk for the past twelve years to fight against prostate cancer. This year they reached some special milestones.

After 12 years, the Harrisburg ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk reached the $1 million raised mark! All funds raised benefit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer who provides screenings, co-pay assistance, research and education to men across the nation. This year’s event raised over $140,000.

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September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month


Interstitial Cystitis (IC), also known as Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS), is a feeling of pain and pressure in the bladder area that also causes urinary urgency, frequency and lower urinary tract symptoms that last for more than six weeks without an infection or cause.

There are millions of people suffering from IC – more than 4 million women and men in the US alone. 90% of those with IC are women and the average onset of symptoms is around 40 years old.

There is no identified cause of IC, but there are at least five possible treatment options. Urologists at Urology of Central Pennsylvania are trained to help patients suffering from IC. If you are experiencing bladder pain, please call UCPA today at 717-724-0720 or 717-763-1174.

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Harrisburg Joins National Movement to End Prostate Cancer

Harrisburg, PA — ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer joins Urology of Central Pennsylvania to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this September. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men who are free of prostate cancer. Participants from the Harrisburg area will run and walk together on September 20 to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 17 minutes.

Harrisburg joins 40+ communities across the nation as part of the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series. The Run/Walk promotes awareness for prostate cancer and educates men about their risk. More than 7,470 men in Pennsylvania will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

“The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk rallies communities and gives participants a voice in the fight to end prostate cancer,” said ZERO CEO Jamie Bearse. “We’re making prostate cancer a national priority. The Run/Walk series is a way to mobilize the prostate cancer community and raise funds for patient support programs to ensure that no man has to face prostate cancer alone.”

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