Dr. Robert Wake is a UTROP physician and chairman of the department of urology at the UTHSC. He has a special interest in the treatment and research of prostate cancer and its complications, as well as kidney stone disease.
Dr. Wake has seen major breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer. He was one of the first to perform and report on Cryoablation—a prostate cancer treatment that doesn’t involve open surgery or radiation. This minimally invasive procedure uses very cold temperatures to freeze and kill prostate cancer cells.
Dr. Wake joined the UTROP group in hopes of seeing his long-awaited vision to develop a comprehensive men’s health center right here in the Mid-South become a reality.
“While we’re fortunate to have comprehensive treatment centers and hospitals for women,” says Dr. Wake, “we don’t have a men’s health center that encompasses all aspects of men’s health.”
The men’s health center will offer innovative technology, such as an MRI Fusion Biopsy that helps better detect prostate cancer. This procedure provides a clearer view of where to biopsy versus using ultra sound technology alone.
“With the new technology, we’ll be able to fuse MRI (X-ray) images to ultra sound images so we can target the right area of the prostate to biopsy,” Dr. Wake says. “This innovative procedure can better detect possible cancer cells and eliminate the need for multiple biopsies.”
While the procedure isn’t for everyone in need of a prostate biopsy; it’s extremely beneficial to patients who have an elevated PSA, abnormal mile markers and have had a negative biopsy.
“Our East Campus model of care—similar to MD Anderson and Mayo Clinic—provides the perfect structure for a truly comprehensive men’s center,” Dr. Wake continues. “Often patients go to their doctor with symptoms that can identify an even bigger and sometimes life-threatening illness. With our multi-specialist group, we can get to the root of the problem. Patients have access to neurologist, endocrinologist, radiologist and more without leaving the building.”
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