UCPA Patient Care and Service Updated during Coronavirus Pandemic

2021 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg Goes Virtual

2021 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg Goes Virtual

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The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of all participants, survivors, and patients weighed heavily on the minds of ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, their Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors. After careful consideration, the organization made the decision to move all September Run/Walks to a virtual format.

Participants and event leaders will gather virtually via ZOOM on Friday, September 24, at 5 p.m., for the Harrisburg ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. The event will feature an awards ceremony, survivor and caregiver ceremony, and presentation from a mission speaker as well.

The virtual 5K will be held via the Charge App the following morning on Saturday, September 25. Participants can participate virtually and gather with teammates or neighbors for a fun 5K in their local neighborhoods. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer encourages participants to share photos, motivational posts and highlights as well.

Click here to learn more and to register for the virtual 2021 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk and learn how we educate, support and advocate for prostate cancer patients, survivors and their families.


Signs of an Overactive Bladder and Treatment Options – CBS21 Keeping You Healthy Interviews UPMC UCPA Chief of Urology Dr. Vanessa Elliott

CBS21’s Keeping You Healthy segment interviewed UPMC Urology of Central Pennsylvania Chief of Urology Dr. Vanessa Elliott about a common urinary issue – an overactive bladder or OAB. Dr. Elliott advised viewers on the symptoms of an overactive bladder and methods to treat the condition. Watch here:

Can’t see the video player? Click here to view the video on CBS21’s website.


UPMC Urology of Central PA Changes Facility Service as of September 18, 2021

Since UCPA is now a member of the UPMC Medical Group as of July 1, we will no longer be accepting consults from or seeing patients in the Holy Spirit Emergency Department and will no longer be performing any procedures at Holy Spirit Hospital.

These changes will be effective Sept. 18, 2021.

We will continue to provide care to you in our offices, at UPMC West Shore, UPMC Harrisburg, and Community Osteopathic Hospitals & Surgery Center.

This is not related to billing or your insurance network. We will continue to accept your insurance as we have in the past at these facilities.

It is our privilege to participate in your health care, and we look forward to providing you with the ongoing quality care and integrity you deserve.


The Frequency of Kidney Stones is Increasing – What You Can Do

Kidney stones are incredibly painful and the frequency that urologists see patients with this ailment is increasing.

Dr. Thomas Clements, a urologist with UPMC Urology of Central PA, met with Michael Parks in this podcast to discusses why kidney stones are becoming more common, causes of kidney stones, prevention and treatment options.

Listen here:


If you are unable to view the audio player, or would like to listen to the full episode, please click here to listen to the podcast directly on iHeartRadio.


ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg 2021 More Than Halfway to Fundraising Goal

UPMC Urology of Central PA is proud to partner again with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for the 2021 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg. Thanks to your support, we are more than 60 percent of the way to our fundraising goal of $109,625!

This year there will be a special Harrisburg Participant Rally hosted by Caitlin Murphy, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Director. The Rally will take place online at 7 p.m., on Monday, August 30. Details are in the graphic below.

Harrisburg Participant Rally Details

The ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Harrisburg will be held at City Island, on Friday, September 24. The event will begin at 5 p.m. featuring a Kids Dash for Dad with a special Marvel visitor – The Hulk.

Volunteers are still needed to help with the event. To volunteer, visit and click under the “register” button.

Thank you for joining us as we fight prostate cancer with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer’s research, screenings, support and awareness building in PA and around the United States.


ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and Us TOO International Join Forces to Fight Prostate Cancer

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The fight against prostate cancer just got stronger. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and international prostate cancer nonprofit Us TOO have merged into a combined organization.

Us Too International has 30 years of experience in serving those facing prostate cancer with educational resources, support services, more than 200 support groups, and personal connections.

The merger of these two organizations will provide enhanced services for prostate cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through increased prostate cancer awareness, advancing research, and increasing access to care.

UCPA has supported ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for years through support, fundraising, and by coordinating the annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run each September at City Island in Harrisburg.

To learn more about the merger, click here:


Men’s Health Month

For Men’s Health Month, Care for Your Body and Relationships

June 2021 is Men’s Health Month and UCPA encourages men to make mindful choices for their bodies and the choices that may benefit or strain relationships.

When discussing health, the obvious topics are diet and exercise – for good reason. Diet and exercise help maintain a healthy body, a healthier outlook on life (with good endorphins and fewer weight-related diseases or restrictions), and contribute to a positive self-image.

One of the undiscussed aspects of men’s health is sexual health.

Erectile Dysfunction – Don’t Suffer, Treatment is Available

Unless you are an avid ESPN-watcher and know all the commercials, it is likely that you haven’t discussed sexual health issues. Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sexual problems for men. Erectile dysfunction or ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erect penis adequate for sexual intercourse. Nearly 25 million men suffer from ED.

Erectile dysfunction can significantly impact relationships with partners and self-image. Many times, common causes of erectile dysfunction are the result of poor diet and lack of exercise, hereditary diseases or a side effect of cancer treatment.

There are a variety of treatment options available for men suffering from ED – from medications to different therapeutic or surgical options. Depending upon the route chosen, many patients have an 80-90 percent satisfaction rate with their chosen option.

The physicians at UCPA have extensive experience with ED treatment and options.


Another aspect of men’s sexual health to consider is when you and your partner have completed your family. While many men hesitate at the thought of getting “snipped,” many men find that vasectomies make intercourse more enjoyable without the need for additional protection.

A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that men choose as a permanent form of birth control.

Vasectomies do not affect sex drive, ability to get an erection or ability to ejaculate.

Take Care of Yourself for Men’s Health Month

As you look at your lifestyle and consider how you can make positive changes this Men’s Health Month, remember to also consider your sexual health. UCPA’s staff is available to discuss options with you at any time.

Contact us by calling:

Harrisburg – 717-724-0720

Camp Hill – 717-762-1174


Take Dad Out to the Ballgame this Father’s Day with the Harrisburg Senators and PA Prostate Cancer Coalition

Take Dad Out to the Ballgame this Father’s Day with the Harrisburg Senators and PA Prostate Cancer Coalition

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UCPA is proud to team up with the PA Prostate Cancer Coalition again this Father’s Day to celebrate the contributions of fathers to our society and remind men about the importance of prostate cancer screenings.

The organizations sponsor Father’s Day weekend at the Harrisburg Senators annually to draw attention to men’s health. The weekend of June 18 – 20, 2021, will feature special blue fireworks on Friday night, special blue jerseys that will be auctioned off, and a bucket hat giveaway. Get your tickets here:

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men and prevalence of the disease is going up. A January 2021 American Cancer Society study found the death rate from most cancers are going down, but prostate cancer diagnoses are projected to rise over the next year. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

One of the best ways to survive a prostate cancer diagnosis is through early detection. The PA Prostate Cancer Coalition and UCPA encourage all men to be tested for prostate cancer beginning at 45 or younger, if there is a family history or if they are of African American descent. African American men have a higher rate of incidence for prostate cancer.

Urology of Central PA offers free prostate cancer screenings (both PSA blood tests and DRE – Digital Rectal Exams) for men over the age of 45 who have not been screened previously. To schedule your free screening, call our offices at 717-763-1174 (Camp Hill) or 717-724-0720 (Harrisburg).

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Dr. Vanessa Elliott Appointed Section Chief for Urology at UPMC

Dr. Vanessa Elliott Appointed Section Chief for Urology at UPMC

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Urology of Central Pennsylvania proudly announces that Dr. Vanessa Elliott has been named Section Chief for Urology at UPMC. Dr. Elliott was selected and appointed by the UPMC Urology Department Chair.

As Section Chief for Urology, Dr. Elliott will assist with the oversight of appointments and clinical privileges, interview applicants, and review performance of staff in the urology section.

This appointment honors the dedicated, high-quality work that Dr. Elliott has performed through UCPA at UPMC. Congratulations Dr. Elliott!