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CONTACT: ARIANNE NARDO
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-7124
e-mail: anardo@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu

Release: Feb. 18, 2000

Prostate cancer support group to meet Feb. 25 at UI Hospitals and Clinics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Breakfast Club, a support group for men and their families who have been affected by prostate cancer, will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 in Room 4638 of the John Pappajohn Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The room can be found by taking Elevator "H" to the 4th floor.

The group meets monthly and invites all patients, family members or interested individuals to gather for coffee and information. The featured topic for the Feb. 25 gathering is "Urinary Incontinence and the Artificial Urinary Sphincter," presented by Joseph Costa, D.O., a fellow associate in urology and a specialist in reconstructive urology.

Between 1 to 2 percent of men experience serious urinary incontinence following a prostatectomy, Costa said. One of the most effective treatment options for males with incontinence is the artificial urinary sphincter procedure, which will be discussed in detail at the meeting.

For more information about the Breakfast Club, call Paula Forest at (319) 356-3831 or Carralee Sueppel at (319) 683-2739.

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