Dr. Clifford Maximo is Chief of Urology at Southeastern Med and has been with us for more than 20 years. A 1994 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine, Dr. Maximo can speak as well as anyone on how his field of expertise has evolved in the 21st century.
“There are a few big changes in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer that immediately come to mind,” Dr. Maximo says. “One is certainly the MRI fusion biopsy.”
As discussed in more depth in our blog post from earlier this year, an MRI Fusion Biopsy uses MRI scans of a patient’s prostate in concert with ultrasound images during a prostate procedure, giving urologists a much better chance of finding any cancerous areas, rather than relying on multiple, semi-random samples. This type of biopsy can be performed under general anesthesia, as well, making it a relatively pain-free experience for the patient.
“Advanced techniques in radiation technology have also made a great difference,” Dr. Maximo says, “allowing a treatment to attack only impacted cells with less damage to surrounding tissue and organs.”
Dr. Maximo has seen incredible advances in robotic technology, as well. Compared to just 20 years ago, many more patients now have the option of undergoing a robotic-assisted radical laparoscopic prostatectomy, which can remove a segment or the entirety of the prostate in a minimally invasive procedure, with the surgeon operating via a computer console rather than having to insert his or her hands into the patient’s body. Miniature robotic instruments enable a level of precision that never would have been possible when Dr. Maximo was still in medical school.
One thing that still needs to change more when it comes to prostate cancer, according to Dr. Maximo, is men’s willingness to get over the “taboo” of “discussing their own health concerns and vulnerability.”
When men over 40 get regular prostate exams and alert their doctor to any problems, it helps lead to a faster diagnosis, faster treatment plans, and much better outlooks in terms of recovery. Dr. Maximo and his staff are also highly experienced and sensitive in how they navigate patients through this difficult issue, answering questions with forthright detail and gentle understanding.
Because prostate cancer treatments have come so far, it makes more sense than ever to give yourself every opportunity to benefit from these advancements. If you’re due for a prostate exam or have any worries about your prostate health, contact Dr. Maximo’s office today at 740.439.8839.