Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center
Call 609-497-2230 for an appointment. Medicare and most insurances accepted.
***PLEASE NOTE NEW HOURS***
Princeton Healthcare Desk Hours
Mon. 10:30 am * Tues. 8:30 am * Wed. 10:30 am
Thurs. 8:30 am * Fri. 8:30 am
Screening, Staging and Appropriate Treatment
Key to Beating Lung Cancer
If you have a history of smoking, it’s a fact that your risk for lung cancer increases exponentially. However, screening – along with accurate staging and appropriate treatment – can stop lung cancer from advancing and improve the chances of beating the disease.
“Screening using a low-dose CT scan in high-risk patients can detect lung cancer in its earliest stages before symptoms occur. People 55 and older who have a 30-pack-year smoking history are candidates for screening,” says John A. Heim, M.D., board certified in general and thoracic surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center.
If a lung nodule is detected and determined through a biopsy to be cancer, your doctor will order further tests to detect whether the cancer has spread, and if so, how far.
Depending on the type, stage and other factors, treatment for lung cancer may include surgery to remove part of the lung that contains cancer (wedge resection) or the entire lobe that contains cancer (lobectomy). Surgery may also include the removal of nearby diseased lymph glands.
For patients who may not be candidates for surgery because of marginal lung function or other health complications, stereotactic body radiation therapy, which delivers targeted radiation to tumors using only a few treatments, may be an option.
To help make lung cancer screenings more affordable and accessible, Princeton Health makes these screenings available at no cost to patients who meet the eligibility criteria to have lung cancer screening.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Princeton Medical Center’s Lung Cancer Screening Program,
call 609.853.7070 or
Pelvic Floor Disorders:
Gaining Control Over the Urge to Go
Millions of Americans – the majority women – experience some form of urinary incontinence – stress incontinence (leakage caused by coughing, sneezing, running and jumping) or urge incontinence (the pressing need to pass urine), especially as they grow older.
Frequent visits to the bathroom, urinary leakage and other pelvic floor problems can make it difficult to enjoy everyday activities.
“These conditions are more common in women and are often related to the weakening of the muscles, tissues and ligaments that make up the pelvic floor,” says Heather M. van Raalte, M.D., chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (PMC) and Medical Director of the Center for Pelvic Wellness.
The pelvic floor supports and holds the pelvic organs (vagina, uterus, bladder, urethra and rectum) in place. For women, weakening of the pelvic floor is typically caused by pregnancy, childbirth, age and obesity.
Signs of pelvic floor problems may include: frequent urination, urgent urination, leakage when sneezing, coughing or laughing, painful urination, difficulty urinating and recurring bladder infections.
As a result of advanced age, women can also experience pelvic organ prolapse, when the tissues and muscles can no longer support the pelvic organs and they drop down.
The Center for Pelvic Wellness at PMC offers a range of treatments from physical therapy to medication and surgical procedures to help manage and even cure pelvic floor disorders which can help women regain comfort and confidence so that they can live life actively again.
For more information about the Center for Pelvic Wellness or to find a urogynecologist with Penn Medicine Princeton Health, call 888.742.7496 or visit www.princetonhcs.org.
Register at PHC desk or call (609) 497-2230
Gynecological Issues: What Could It Be?
Thursday, June 14th 10:30am
Many women suffer in silence from painful periods, fibroids, endometriosis or other pelvic health problems when they don’t have to. Join Shyama S. Mathews, MD, board certified in gynecology and member of the Medical Staff of Penn Medicine Princeton Health as she discusses these topics and treatments.
Blood Pressure Checks
Tuesday, June 19th 10am-Noon
Tuesday, July 17th 10am-Noon
No Appointment needed just drop in.
Lab Services-Tues & Thurs
Physical Therapy-Mon, Wed, & Fri