In the old days, prostate cancer treatment meant big incisions, complications and a lengthy hospital stay.
But now, thanks to such instruments as a resectoscope, things have changed greatly.
“The resectoscope allows us to remove prostate tissue without big incisions in the belly,” explained Dr. Denis Lavoie, one of three urologists working at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, singing the praises of the instrument purchased thanks to the annual Do It For Dad fundraiser.
“With this we can work through the urine passage and remove tissue whether it’s cancerous or non-cancerous to allow men to empty their bladders better. It’s a very good tool.”
The resectoscope costs approximately $25,000 and is on the urologists’ wish list that they supply to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, who then go about raising funds to purchase the equipment.
“With the volume of work we do, we need a number of these resectoscopes,” said Lavoie, who is joined at VJH by Drs. Greg Houle and Troy Schultz. “Sometimes we have three or four patients needing this instrument in a day. And the group has come in to help.”
The ‘group’ is the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group, along with the foundation.
Since 2003, more than $218,000 has been raised by the groups through the Do It For Dad fundraiser, initiated by Dr. April Sanders, who continues to serve as the event’s honorary chairperson.
Do It For Dad Run and Walk is a family event at Coldstream Ranch where participants can either run eight kilometres or walk three kms.
All money raised stays locally and, like last year, the groups are raising money to purchase a resectoscope.
The money also goes towards providing free PSA testing for men in the community.
In the last three years, the support group contributed $90,000 to the foundation’s Building A Tower of Care campaign, when the new Polson Tower was being completed at VJH.
A prostate screening room is dedicated to Do It For Dad, complete with its own sign.
“It’s nice recognition,” said Ed Eyford, a 20-year prostate cancer survivor and member of the support and awareness group. “That’s what we’re all about.”
Operating room No.7 in the Polson Tower is dedicated solely to urology.
Prostate cancer is the number one threat to Canadian men. It will affect one-in-seven men in their lifetime.
In 2012, approximately 25,500 men in Canada will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and 4,100 will die of the disease.
The Do It For Dad Run and Walk is slated for Sunday, June 17, at the Coldstream Ranch.
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m.
Awards will be given to the team and individual that raises the most money.
Pledge forms are available from Interior Savings, Sun-FM, the VJH Foundation office (located on the main floor of the old hospital), or you can download a form from the foundation website, www.vjhfoundation.org.