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Hearst Cancer Resource Center Offers Educational Forum on Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer


French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, is pleased to be offering a free community educational forum focusing on active surveillance for prostate cancer.

Active surveillance entails regularly monitoring an individual for signs of prostate cancer with the intention to treat if there is evidence of progression. This practice is especially recommended for older men as well as younger men who want to ensure they maintain a high quality of life until treatment becomes necessary.

Cancer of the prostate is an extremely complex disease. Join us on for a conversation with Michael deWitt Clayton, MD, FACS, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as we discuss treatments, risks and benefits of active surveillance, and the latest treatment options for prostate cancer.  The forum will be held in the Copeland Health Education Pavilion Auditorium on the FHMC campus at 1911 Johnson Avenue, San Luis Obispo.  A light meal will be served. 

More men with low risk of prostate cancer are choosing active surveillance instead of surgery, radiation or other treatments. Active surveillance spares those men whose tumors may never progress from experiencing potential treatment-associated adverse effects.  For information regarding active surveillance, or to register for the educational forum, please call 805.542.6234.

About French Hospital Medical Center

French Hospital Medical Center, located in San Luis Obispo, California, has been named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, and is rated among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiac, orthopedic and GI services. French Hospital has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The Copeland, Forbes, and Rossi Cardiac Care Center provides the latest innovative cardiac and imaging technology. The hospital is home to the unique Hearst Cancer Resource Center offering free education, resources and support to cancer patients and their families. In addition, an expansion and modernization project is underway at French Hospital, including construction of the Copeland Health Education Pavilion, which will provide community access to comprehensive health care education resources free of charge.  French is a Dignity Health Central Coast hospital which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

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