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William J. Catalona, MD
William J. Catalona, MD

Our goal is to provide information on the latest advances in prostate cancer treatment and information on the research and work of Dr. William J. Catalona, Medical Director of the Urological Research Foundation (URF).

Dr. Catalona developed the PSA test as a screening test for prostate cancer. He and his research collaborators continue their important work.

The funds and energies of the Urological Research Foundation (URF) are directed to research for the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of the diseases of the prostate and most specifically, prostate cancer.

Dr. Catalona is one of the first surgeons to perform and perfect nerve sparing surgery in radical prostatectomy operations. Dr. Catalona has performed more than 6,000 radical prostatectomies.

Early Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Early Treatment of Prostate Cancer

The Early Treatment of Prostate Cancer video explains the issues associated with the treatment of early prostate cancer. This video is for men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and are trying to weigh the various treatment options.

Watch the video.

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Prostate Cancer Immunotherapy Project Receives Grant

Dr. Catalona is part of a research team seeking to develop a breakthrough immunotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. The project is unique because the multidisciplinary team will use advances in the fields of nanotechnology and immuneoncology to design and test the treatment. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has awarded this project a $1 million Challenge Award grant, enabling the work to begin soon. Learn more here.

18th Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference

Dr. Catalona presented the annual Patrick C. Walsh Lecture at the 18th Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference held in Melbourne, Australia in August 2017. The meeting is the world's largest conference focusing entirely on prostate cancer.

Dr. Catalona Receives National Physician of the Year Award Dr. Catalona Receives National Physician of the Year Award
In the photo on the left: Dr. Catalona (left) received a Distinguished Speaker Award from Professor Anthony J. Costello of the Royal Melbourne Hospital (right).
The speakers who participated in one of the conference's plenary sessions. (front row, left to right) Dr. Lynch, Dr. Epstein, Professor Costello, Professor Murphy, Dr. Boutros, Dr. Catalona, Dr. Sweeney, (back row, left to right) Dr. Lepor, Professor Ost, Professor James, Dr. Challacombe, Dr. Everaerts, Dr. Dundee, Dr. Black, Dr. Penson, Professor Hovens, Dr. Emberton.

Intuitive Surgical Facing Lawsuits Alleging Patient Death and Injury with Robotic Surgery

As reported in The Mercury News, Intuitive Surgical is facing numerous product-liability claims and lawsuits over the da Vinci surgical robot: "In its most recent quarterly report, the firm said it is still facing a 'large number' of product-liability claims, plus 52 lawsuits alleging its machines were responsible for patient injury or death, and a multiparty suit covering 55 patients who had da Vinci Surgeries in 22 different states. Many complaints concern surgeries done in 2012 and 2013." Read the full article online here.

Looking for Active Surveillance Patients

How to Help in the Search for Genetic Risk Markers
Signing Up for a Study for Active Surveillance Patients

Dr. Catalona Receives National Physician of the Year Award
This research project seeks to identify genetic variants that distinguish which tumors are hares and which are tortoises.

"Active Surveillance" is a term used for men who have been diagnosed with "low-risk" prostate cancer who have elected not to receive immediate treatment but rather to be monitored to see whether their cancer is more serious than it initially appeared to be. Studying the genetics of these patients will most likely be the way to find the genes involved in developing aggressive or non-aggressive prostate cancer.

Dr. Catalona* wants active surveillance patients to contact his research group for participation in a prostate cancer genetics study.

Learn more here.

Dr. Catalona Receives National Physician of the Year Award

Dr. Catalona Receives National Physician of the Year Award

On March 21, Dr. William Catalona received a 2016 Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence in New York City. Each year, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. recognizes both physicians and leaders in health care whose dedication, talents and skills have improved the lives of people throughout the world.

Read more about the award and Dr. Catalona’s career highlights here.

Watch the video introducing Dr. Catalona at the awards ceremony below.

Understanding Research and Treatment News:
A Virtual Town Meeting for Advanced Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones

On April 10, 2016, Dr. Catalona participated in Understanding Research and Treatment News: A Virtual Town Meeting for Advanced Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones. The webinar featured leading experts discussing the latest research and treatment information, inspirational patient stories and advice for living well.

This virtual town meeting was sponsored by the Patient Empowerment Network through educational grants from Astellas, Medivation, Inc. and Sanofi. Produced in association with Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Us TOO

Dr. Catalona's Research: Impacting the Lives of Men with Prostate Cancer

A better understanding of prostate cancer
© photo by Dan Oldfield A better understanding of prostate cancer requires many layers of investigation.

Contributions to the URF support Dr. Catalona's groundbreaking research for the early detection, prevention and treatment of prostate cancer.

Learn more about Dr. Catalona's work in the following areas:

  • Tests for the early detection of prostate cancer
  • Focusing on genetic variants
  • Examining active surveillance
  • The relationship between genetic variants and active surveillance
  • Improving treatment through personalized medicine

SPORE: Making Strides in Prostate Cancer Research

A better understanding of prostate cancer
© photo by Dan Oldfield

The National Cancer Institute awarded Dr. Catalona and his colleagues a grant of approximately $11 million over 5 years for the Prostate SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence). Learn more about the award in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of Quest and the research projects in the Winter 2014 issue of QUEST. SPOREs are an integral part of the National Cancer Institute's efforts to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary cancer research.

The funding of the SPORE is a cause for celebration. It will enable researchers to conduct studies that impact the outcomes and quality of life of prostate cancer patients.

Prostate Cancer World Congress

Dr. Catalona attended the 2015 Prostate Cancer World Congress in Australia.

WGN News Features PHI Test

The Prostate Health Index (PHI) test is now available at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, offering patients a new option for detecting prostate cancer. In February, WGN News highlighted the PHI test and interviewed Dr. Catalona in a story entitled “New test means new way to fight prostate cancer.”

Watch the WGN feature story here.

Alert: New Concerns Revealed about Robotic Surgery

FDA Surveying Hospitals and Surgeons about Robotic Surgery Complications

The FDA is investigating the safety of surgical robots used in many US hospitals for surgery. By surveying surgeons at key hospitals, the government agency seeks to determine if the rise in incidents, including deaths, reported to the FDA result from the robots or from other issues.

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Growing Concerns About Surgical Robots

A CNBC Investigations, Inc. review reveals a rise in lawsuits and complaints about injuries after da Vinci surgical robot procedures.

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Cancer Detection Tool Saves Lives

The Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA) released its prostate cancer screening guidelines in response to the recent PSA controversy, saying that data clearly demonstrates that are detecting prostate cancer earlier and thus saving lives.

The LUGPA's position on PSA screening is:

  • Risks of prostate cancer screening must be uncoupled from risks of prostate cancer detection and treatment
  • PSA testing facilitates the early detection of prostate cancer, which results in a reduced risk of being diagnosed with or developing locally advanced and/or metastatic prostate cancer, and a reduction in prostate cancer-specific mortality
  • A baseline PSA level should be obtained in men in their 40s who have made an informed decision to pursue early detection of prostate cancer
  • Intervals for an individual's prostate cancer screening should be adapted to: baseline PSA, prostate cancer risk factors (including African-American heritage and a family history of prostate cancer), and the potentially short preclinical timeline of aggressive cancers
  • PSA screening should be offered to men with a life expectancy of greater than or equal to 10 years, regardless of age
  • PSA testing should not be considered on its own, but rather as part of a multivariable approach to early prostate cancer detection

LUGPA is an organization advocating for integrated and coordinated urological care with more than 2,000 physician experts across the U.S. The association represents 121 large urology group practices in the United States, with more than 2,000 physicians who make up more than 20% of the nation's practicing urologists.

International Prostate Cancer Research Group Receives Funding

The International Consortium for Prostate Cancer Genetics (ICPCG) received a grant for its important genetic research. Specifically, the ICPCG whole exome sequence project will receive funding. The results of this project could be incorporated in Dr. Catalona's SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) proposal to discover genetic variants associated with the aggressive types of prostate cancer that lead to the failure of active surveillance.

The ICPCG is a collaborative group conducting research on familial prostate cancer. The researchers in this group share a common interest in genetic susceptibility for prostate cancer. Dr. Catalona is a principal investigator of the Northwestern University site of the ICPCG.

Learn more about the ICPCG here.

Responding to USPSTF Recommendation

Family of ducks.
© photo by Dan Oldfield Not all things that look alike behave alike.

This section includes articles to help you understand the disturbing ramifications of the recent USPSTF recommendation on PSA testing, the misinterpretation of studies, and what can be done to ensure men have a choice in taking the test. We also provide information on contacting your government representatives.

"PSA is the best screening test we have for prostate cancer, and until there is a replacement for PSA, it would be unconscionable to stop it. Contrary to the USPSTF report, compelling evidence shows that PSA screening reduces prostate cancer deaths. This evidence needs to be shared with the public."
–Dr. Catalona
Healthcare decisions are as much about the future as the present, and they need to be based upon accurate and reliable information.

Participate in Research Studies

Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Dr. William Catalona offer opportunities for you to participate in research projects on the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer.

Dr. Catalona in surgurey

Dr. Catalona: Over 7,000 Operations

Dr. Catalona is celebrating a surgical anniversary. He has now performed more than 7,000 radical prostatectomies, more than anyone else in the world. Dr. Catalona is one of the first surgeons to perform and perfect nerve- sparing surgery in radical prostatectomy operations. His patients have come from all 50 states in the United States, as well as from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

High Ranking For Northwestern’s Department of Urology
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranks individual departments within medical schools. The Department of Urology ranked third nationally among urology departments.

Contact Dr. Catalona

William J. Catalona, M.D.
Professor, Department of Urology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Director, Clinical Prostate Cancer Program
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
675 North St. Clair Street
Suite 20-150
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Phone: (312) 695-4471
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