New education DVD for prostate cancer patients

Nov. 17, 2011

Men undergoing prostate cancer surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital will soon be provided with a unique tool to help them prepare. Through a grant from St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, a new patient education DVD has been created and will be available before the New Year.

Dr. Stephen Pautler, Urologist at St. Joseph’s says there is a great need for education tools to make the surgical consultation process more efficient and alleviate some patient fears, “Prostate cancer patients are dealing with a very stressful situation and are usually scared out of their wits. Studies done in the U.S. show patients only retain 10 per cent of the information they are told during their consultation with a doctor/surgeon and they don’t always understand the information discussed.”

The DVD will be given to patients to take home when booking their surgery, usually a robotic radical prostatectomy that consists of removing the cancerous prostate gland and related structures. The video will feature a former patient who has been through the process and will go over topics like; the preadmission visit, what to expect on the day of surgery, home care support (what to do if there is a problem), catheters, specialized physiotherapy, follow up and short video clips of operations.

Dr. Pautler says his goal is to make the current process as easy for prostate cancer patients as possible. November is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.


For more information, please contact:
Kelsi Break, Consultant
Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 64792

Jennifer Parraga, Manager
Communications & Donor Relations
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
Phone: 519 646-6085 ext. 64590

St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is leading patient care, teaching and research centre in Canada with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation gathers, grows and grants philanthropic funds to enable St. Joseph’s Health Care London to pursue excellence in care, teaching and research. Through donor support, the foundation contributes to advances in the delivery of patient care, specialized equipment, research initiatives and capital funds for hospital building projects at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas and Lawson Health Research Institute. One of the largest charitable organizations in Southwestern Ontario, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation is accredited as one of only 250 Canadian charities to adhere to Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising & Financial Accountability Code.

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