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Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center Hosts Prostate Cancer Seminar




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Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center Hosts Prostate Cancer Seminar

Community Education Event with UCSF Cancer Specialists

St. Helena, CA. On March 29, St. Helena Hospital’s Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center (MOCC) welcomed physicians from University of California – San Francisco’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to an educational seminar on new developments in prostate cancer.

"We’re very excited to bring this opportunity to our community," says Dr. Gregory Smith, MD, Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center’s Medical Director. "This event brought friends and neighbors together locally with some of the very best experts in the world to discuss developments and strategies regarding diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. Hopefully, this will be the first of many such events."

Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center provides leading-edge prostate cancer treatment technology such as the Calypso System® – GPS for the Body®. Shortly after its opening, MOCC joined with UCSF, a top-ten cancer treatment and research center, in a unique affiliation. In addition to MOCC’s comprehensive, whole-person cancer care, the affiliation provides local residents access to services including express referrals to sub-specialists and participation in National Cancer Institute (NCI) sponsored clinical trials, through a convenient Napa Valley location.

More than 80 community members attended the free seminar that featured UCSF Physicians and Faculty Members, Dr. Peter Carroll, MD, MPH, and Dr. Andrea Harzstark, MD. Dr. Carroll, an award-winning physician with a long history of distinguished service in advancing the treatment of prostate cancer, discussed early detection and treatment. Dr. Harzstark, a specialist in urologic cancers and a well-known researcher in emerging treatment protocols, presented the latest developments in treating advanced prostate cancer.

The UCSF physicians were joined by Dr. Stephen J. M. Banks, MD, a Radiation Oncologist with Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center. Dr. Banks is a co-founding member of the Prostate Brachytherapy Research Group and presented on management options for men with high-risk prostate cancer. 

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