Saint Francis Healthcare System is at the forefront of treating advanced bladder cancer. The Medical Center’s Cancer Institute has been involved in treatments that offer new hope for people who have bladder cancer that has spread to other parts of their body.
Most types of bladder cancer... Read more
There are many health conditions that can trigger low testosterone, including obesity, diabetes, kidney damage and changes in thyroid function. In many of these cases, your body is simply putting more effort into fighting a chronic condition than it is into producing testosterone.
“Another cause of low... Read more
One of the most common reasons why a child will see a urologist is because he or she is experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections.
“In most cases, urinary tract infections are easily treated with antibiotics,” says Mitchell L. Ogles, MD, urologist, who practices at Saint Francis Healthcare... Read more
Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. ED has a physical cause 90 percent of the time and is usually due to a problem with blood flow.
Physical causes may include diabetes, obesity, high blood... Read more
Overactive bladder is a condition in which you frequently and suddenly feel the need to urinate. This problem could disrupt your professional and social life, as well as your sleep. “Overactive bladder could lead to urge incontinence – when you sometimes leak urine – or it... Read more
Kidney cancer is one of the most aggressive cancers affecting the urinary system. It rarely causes signs or symptoms in its early stages. “Most kidney tumors are discovered incidentally when X-ray or MRI is performed to evaluate an unrelated complaint, and 80% of solid kidney masses... Read more
Many men over age 50 suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or an enlarged prostate. Symptoms can include slow urinary stream, straining to urinate, incomplete bladder emptying, urgent frequent urination and the need to urinate in the middle of the night.
“When the symptoms bother you so... Read more
Some men believe the answer to low energy and decreased sex drive is prescription testosterone. But you should talk to your doctor about your problem rather than seeking out a so-called "low-T clinic."
"If you have suddenly begun experiencing low energy and erectile dysfunction, you may be... Read more
More than 230,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year; that is about one in six men. It is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men. Screening for prostate cancer includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test... Read more
Bladder infections are common problems, particularly among women. More than half of all women experience at least one bladder infection in their lifetime, and many will have recurrent infections.
Signs of a bladder infection include:
burning sensation while urinatingthe need to urinate frequentlyfever or chillscloudy or bloody urine... Read more
A kidney stone is formed from substances in the urine. It will not cause any symptoms if it stays in the kidney. However, if it leaves the kidney and becomes stuck in the urinary tract, it can cause severe pain in the back, side, abdomen, groin... Read more
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men that regulates sex drive; produces sperm; and causes a deeper voice, bigger muscles and growth of body hair.
Forty percent of men older than age 45 have low testosterone levels. This can be due to normal aging, or it... Read more
Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form inside your kidneys. A big risk factor for forming kidney stones is not drinking enough water. With kidney stones, you can experience severe side or back pain as well as nausea and vomiting.
At Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III... Read more
Stress incontinence is a condition in which a person involuntarily leaks urine while coughing, sneezing, laughing or doing something else that puts a strain on the bladder. Treatment can range from performing exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor to undergoing surgery.
“The type of treatment I use... Read more
Kidney stones will affect 1 in 20 individuals during their lifetime. Patients usually complain of back and flank pain, as well as nausea and vomiting when they are trying to pass a kidney stone. Most of these will pass naturally without the need for surgical intervention... Read more
While both men and women contract bladder infections (also called urinary tract infections, or UTIs), women are much more likely than men to experience this painful occurrence. Symptoms include pain during urination, blood in the urine and a frequent urge to urinate.
“Bladder infections are not serious... Read more