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Get a Second Opinion
Rose Khavari, M.D., and
Kenneth Yun, M.D., are
urologists at Methodist
M ore than 240,000 American
men learn they have
prostate cancer each year.*
Unlike certain other cancers where
treatment follows a well-defined
course, managing prostate cancer can
take several different forms, with each
having potential benefits and
The Second Opinion Clinic at
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital gives
men the opportunity to meet one-on-one
with a urologist to review any test
results, discuss their physician's
recommendations, and gain a greater
understanding of treatment options.
Through medical education and
consultation, each patient receives the
information he needs to be confident
that the treatment he ultimately
chooses is right for him.
Treatment for prostate cancer
- Surgery to remove the prostate.
- External beam radiation to kill
- Brachytherapy, which involves
implanting tiny radioactive seeds
directly into the prostate gland.
- Hormone treatment for advanced
stages of the disease.
- Active surveillance that requires
closely monitoring – not actively
treating – the disease.
"With this clinic, prostate cancer
patients can rely on the expertise of
trusted professionals rather than
information they find on the Internet.
If they choose surgery, the new
standard of care for patients is to
remove the prostate robotically," says
Kenneth Yun, M.D., board certified
urologist with Methodist Urology
Associates. "But if the cancer has not
spread beyond the prostate, just
carefully watching it may be
appropriate for some men since the
disease often grows very slowly and
may not cause problems for them."
|Timothy Boone, M.D., department chair,
Urology, The Methodist Hospital System
REASSURING SECOND OPINION
Men who have been diagnosed with
prostate cancer will have already
undergone a number of tests, such as a
prostate specific antigen (PSA) test,
computed tomography scan, bone scan
or biopsy. To get a second opinion,
they can bring the pathology report
from their biopsy plus other test
results to the Second Opinion Clinic.
Alternately, men can come to the clinic
without tests results and their records
can be evaluated later. In that case, the
first appointment would be primarily
"Based on simple
there may be
questions if a
cancer or indolent
cancer that is
much less lethal and can be actively
surveyed," says Timothy Boone, M.D.,
department chair, Urology, The
Methodist Hospital System. "Through
a second opinion, men can also learn
about some of the consequences of
prostate cancer, such as erectile
dysfunction, urinary incontinence,
spread of cancer in the body and side
effects of radiation."
"Men should know that not all
prostate cancer needs to be treated by
surgery or radiation. We personalize
care according to the patient's
background, age and medical history,"
says Rose Khavari, M.D., board
certified urologist with Methodist
Urology Associates. Drs. Khavari and
Yun are among just a few urologists in
the northwest Houston area trained to
do robotic surgery. "Prostate cancer is
very common, but not all treatment
options fit everyone."
For more information about urology
services at Methodist Willowbrook
Hospital or to make an appointment
at the Second Opinion Clinic, call