Urologic News


Uropartners Response to COVID-19 
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Telemedicine Visits

For the safety and convenience of our patients, Uropartners is now offering Telehealth visits in addition to in-office visits. Telehealth visits allow you to see your provider virtually via voice or video conference. Medicare and insurance carriers will cover these virtual visits. Call your provider's office to schedule a Telehealth visit today.

If you currently have a scheduled appointment please call your office and ask about switching your appointment to a Telehealth visit instead. Telehealth visits are very simple and the office will assist you through the process. 

How Telehealth visits work:

1.    Confirm that you have a smartphone or computer with voice and video capabilities. If you don't have a camera on your computer or smartphone you can still have a phone visit with your provider. 

2.    Call your provider's office to schedule a Telehealth appointment.

3.    Staff will work with you to confirm the method for your visit (video visit or telephone call). 

4.    At the time of your appointment, use the provided URL link to conference with your provider. Please have any relevant medical documentation available during your telehealth visit. 

How to connect with your provider for a Telehealth visit:

There are multiple methods to connect with your provider. Check with the staff at the time of scheduling your appointment to determine the best method to connect with your provider.



Most Uropartners' providers are using Doxy.me for virtual visits. Unless the office has provided other directions, follow the steps below to connect to your provider: 


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We at UroPartners, amid ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are doing our part by doing the following:
  • Closely monitoring the latest reports from all relevant government agencies.
  • Continuing our daily cleaning procedures of all surface areas.
  • Recommending any patients that are not feeling well to reschedule their appointments and contact their primary care physician.
  • Recommending patients to keep their appointment if they are feeling well and are without symptoms. 
  • Offering alternative solutions, such as Telehealth Visits, to continue to care for our patients.

Telemedicine Visits 
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Common practices from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Reduce physical contact, such as handshakes, hugs, and cheek kisses.
  • If you have traveled from an affected area, there may be restrictions on your movements for up to two (2) weeks. If you develop symptoms during that period (fever, cough, trouble breathing), seek medical advice. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
Resources to learn more:
Ask questions:
- Chicago Department of Health (CDPH) Coronavirus hotline
  • 312-746-4835
  • CoronaVirus@Chicago.gov

Dr. Rebuck: Prostate Awareness and Care

Dr. Rebuck will be speaking at the event, Prostate Awareness and Care: Before and After Cancer! 3.0 CME credit hours offered.
7:15AM - Check-in and breakfast
8:00AM - Program

Our Des Plaines office is moving!

Our Des Plaines office will be moving to Mount Prospect, effective 10/28/2019. 


Our new address is:

1660 Feehanville Drive, Unit 200

Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056


If you have an appointment scheduled at our Des Plaines office please come to our new location. 

Melrose Park - New location!

We are happy to announce that our Melrose Park office is moving to a new location, effective 10/01/2019. 

Our new address is:


The Huntington Bank Building

501 W. North Avenue, Suite 201

Melrose Park, Illinois 60160



If you have an appointment scheduled at our Melrose Park office please come to our new location. We will NO LONGER see patients at the Gottlieb Professional Building 675 W. North Avenue, Suite 605, Melrose Park. 

Uropartners' Surgery Center

UroPartners' Surgery Center is designed exclusively for urologic outpatient surgery. Because a hospital must be staffed and equipped to treat all types of medical problems, it provides a broader range of services than your current needs require. As a result, we are able to offer patients a convenient and comfortable surgical experience.

Uropartners' Surgery Center


The UroLift treatment is a revolutionary, minimally invasive approach to treating an enlarged prostate, or BPH. The UroLift System lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue.

UroPartners Offers APWT

APWT is a non-invasive, office-based procedure that has become an innovative treatment option for treating urological pain and vascular disorders associated with erectile dysfunction. 

APWT is based on a unique set of acoustic pressure waves that stimulates the metabolism and enhances blood circulation.

Clinical evidence from European studies shows that APWT generates a significant clinical improvement of erectile function as well as improvement in penile blood flow without any adverse side effects.

For more information on the APWT procedure, click the link below:

Learn More on APWT


Uropartners Chicago Masonic Has Updated Their Suite Number

Dr. Steven Koopman, Dr. Daniel Merrick and Dr. Matthew Meadows are now seeing patients at the professional building of Illinois Masonic in Suite number 611!

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We have this location along with our Lincoln Square and Skokie locations because we want to help more people get the urological care they need and provide easier access for our patients that live closer to Lakeview.

3000 North Halsted (Halsted & Wellington)
Suite 611 - Please Note New Suite Number! 
Chicago, Illinois  60657
P: 773-878-7555

Lillian Norris - Age 111!

Lillian Norris, Mother to Dr. Donald Norris and Grandmother to Dr. Jeffrey Norris, has passed away at the age of 111. Her saga began in 1907 in Lithuania and in her lifetime she had two children, six grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. When asked her secret to longevity, she replied "I don't know. I guess I'm just durable." 
See an article written by the Daily North Shore celebrating Lillian's 110th birthday! 

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Support Group  

UroPartners' Prostate Centers are committed to excellence in the detection, treatment and management of prostate cancer. As part of our commitment, we offer a support group for all current, future and past patients.

Dr Par Mehta would like to invite you and a guest to join our Prostate Cancer Support Group. As a patient of UroPartners at the Glen (former, present, future) you can share your feelings and concerns with others who have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.

We will offer information about the latest treatment options, coping, adjusting, and problem solving; and will have an opportunity to share experiences and feelings in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity.

Wednesday, March 11th at 6:00pm
Kohls Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026
(Half a mile south of our Glenview Prostate Center)
Call: (224) 260 3100 Email: supportgroup@uropartners.com

This meeting will be an open forum hosted by Dr. Par Mehta to discuss your experiences and answer any questions you may have.


6:00 Pizza and networking
6:30 Meeting begins
8:00 Meeting ends

Our confidential setting offers:
  • Information about Prostate Cancer and the latest treatments
  • Emotional support for men recently diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or have completed treatment
  • Information, education, and camaraderie for men diagnosed with prostate cancer

Justin J. Cohen MD - American Medical Association

Dr. Cohen visits Washington, D.C to help lead the Panel Discussion at the American Medical Association (AMA)!  

Here's an excerpt from the AMA highlighting Dr. Cohen:

"Justin Cohen is a board-certified urologist who practices all aspects of general urology. He is passionate about providing the highest quality, personal care to his patients. He is the vice-chair of the Advocate Physician Partners Board of Directors and sits on the APP Quality Improvement and Clinical Integration Committee. He also serves as the chief compliance officer for UroPartners LLC and sits as the president of the Advocate Condell Physician Partners Board of Directors. In these roles, he contributes valuable insights regarding patient engagement, quality improvement and cost effectiveness, and about the roles of specialists in population health and value-based contracting."


NEW Oak Lawn Location!

Our Evergreen Park location has MOVED! As of July 2, 2018 , UroPartners Southwest Urology Associates, Drs Bonaguro and Zumerchik will be located at: 5660 W 95th St, Suite #4, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. *Please be sure to double check your location address for upcoming appointments!

Chronic Care Management

Uropartners is now providing patients more access to their healthcare and better coordination of their chronic conditions through a program called Chronic Care Managment (CCM). 

The CCM program allows for us to offer additional resources to patients, including care coordination. 

Visit our Chronic Care Management page for more information, and to see some of the ways our Clinical Team can assist after an initial visit with your healthcare provider. 

Chronic Care Management

Male Infertility

At Uropartners, we evaluate and treat conditions involving male infertility and sexual function.
Male infertility is a common reproductive problem affecting men. It is a condition where the male in the relationship affects the ability of the woman to become pregnant. When couples are not able to conceive even after having unprotected sex over a long period of time, it is important for both partners to be checked by their physician.
Visit our Male Infertility page for more information

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

What is SUNA

SUNA, Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates, is an organization of healthcare professionals that are committed to supporting you as you seek the highest level of practice. Since 1972, SUNA has been advancing urologic nursing practice and patient care. They provide the latest practice innovations, connections with your peers, and discovery of opportunities to advance your career.

 Learn about SUNA

uroLogic Conference, 2017

SUNA is hosting the 2017 uroLogic Conference at the Chicago Hilton on October 13-16 in Chicago, IL. The conference offers excellent educational, networking, and professional development opportunities for urologic professionals. You will strengthen your skills with evidence-based sessions you hand pick. Network with colleagues during special interest groups and this year's Town Hall. Learn about new technology, medications and poster presentations in the exhibit hall. 

To learn more about SUNA's uroLogic Conference visit their website. 

 uroLogic Conference



Schedule your Vasectomy Consult Today

Is your significant other giving you the full court press to have a vasectomy? If you’re done adding teammates to the roster, UroPartners can help! Schedule your vasectomy during the Mayhem of March. Enjoy 3 days rest (doctor’s orders) to watch college hoops madness. Schedule your vasectomy consultation today. 

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SEA Blue

"SEA Blue is a celebration of life, of those who have risen to the challenge to fight prostate cancer, of the lives that have been lost to the disease, and of the people we will help to combat it in the future through Support, Education, and Advocacy. People affected by all stages of the disease band together and build camaraderie at SEA Blue through togetherness, tears and triumph.

Each September, close to 1,500 participants gather in beautiful Lincoln Park to participate in the SEA Blue walk and run. This year SEA Blue will be held in Lincoln Park on September 10th.   

It’s going to be an extra-special event and we certainly couldn’t do it without all of you! Thank you for your ongoing support for SEA Blue over the years and your commitment to making this year a success. Working together, we can make this year’s SEA Blue event on September 10th bigger and better than ever! Please join us for a day of family fun, positivity, and empowerment. Register for the event, build your team (or join an existing team), and invite your friends to donate to help Us TOO help those who are battling prostate cancer." 


Register for the Event

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Plainfield woman Raises Awareness about Prostate Cancer

Join Lori O'Connor on September 10th at SEA Blue

“When it comes to prostate health, we women need to be vigilant for our men,” says Lori O’Connor of Plainfield, Ill. At age 48, Lori’s husband was blindsided by a prostate cancer diagnosis. It is undeniable that Lori’s persistence is the main reason the cancer was found... Get the rest of the story here



Join us at the S.E.A Blue Prostate Cancer event and help us support Men's Health. 

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Pee problems: When it's time to see the doctor

By: Lester Raff

It is just a bit ironic. This past week, I had my first ever surgical procedure. True, I am not a surgeon, so there is no irony in that. The irony I see is that as the medical director for the laboratory of an urology group in Chicago, I deal with about 60 urologists on a regular basis, and yet delayed the necessary urologic procedure for about, oh, six or eight years!

As is common for men of a certain age, my prostate gland was slowly encroaching upon and compressing the prostatic urethra, the tube that runs through the gland and carries urine from the bladder to “out there.” In laymen’s terms, it was getting pretty hard to pee. I had seen a few different urologists at about five year intervals, and all had told me that some day, probably sooner rather than later, I would need a procedure to get things moving again. Not seeing any benefit in doing today what I could put off until tomorrow, I ignored their warnings and just accepted the fact that I would be spending a few extra minutes each day standing in front of toilet, thinking of waterfalls and bubbling brooks, hoping that positive biofeedback would get things flowing.

And then about a month ago, the flow stopped as permanently as if it had hit the Hoover Dam. Inconveniently enough, my internist was on leave, but I knew which of my 60 urologist buddies he sent most of his patients to, so I gave Dr. Scott Tiplitsky, a urologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. a call, and we arranged a way to give me some relief. Urologists can do a magical job opening the floodgates with catheter tubes and balloons. With a little training, I have learned to do the magic myself–something I do not recommend for the squeamish or for easy fainters. And it is only a temporary remedy.

So a permanent solution needed to be found. My urologist and I discussed a variety of options, but in the end, we settled on a newer type of procedure that vaporizes the obstructing tissue but does relatively little damage to the prostate that is left behind. I was set April 5 at Advocate Lutheran General.

I had the procedure on that rainy Wednesday. Most patients are sent home immediately after the procedure, but because of a few kinks (kinks in my history, not kinks in my urethra,) I had an overnight stay followed by a few days resting semi-comfortably at home. A catheter was in place to ensure that things kept streaming along. The big test came Monday when the UroPartners team popped out the catheter. At that point, it was all up to me to pee. Dr. Tiplitsky let me know I should wait for a few hours and then see how it “goes.” And now, with a sigh of relief, I can joyously report that the dam has been broken and all is flowing well.

And how did this doctor do as a patient? I spent the first twenty-some years of my career as a pathologist in a community hospital, so the sights, sounds, rhythm and routine were somewhat familiar, but it is certainly different from a patient point of view. The good people at Advocate Lutheran General did a great job of helping me feel comfortable and treating me with kindness and respect, whether or not they knew I was a physician. The staff was uniformly polite, and every member, from housekeepers to nurses, assistants, volunteers and administrators, was sure to identify themselves and make it clear just what they were doing in my room at 4 in the morning. And as my wheelchair was pushed out the door on Thursday morning, there was even a woman cheering me on with a hearty “You’re going home-Yay!” I am not sure she is a hospital employee, but if she isn’t, I suggest that LGH give her some pom-poms, a cheerleader’s outfit and offer her a job!

I have written before of the many safety precautions we take in our lab to ensure the right result goes to the right patient. We bar code, color code, do manual double checks and with patient consent, do DNA identification verification. I was glad to see similar safety precautions in place at Lutheran General. I recited my name and birth date at least five times an hour. The 2D and 3D bar codes on my wrist band were scanned with virtually every contact with staff, and certainly every time any medication was being administered. I know that if my visit had been for an orthopedic procedure, the staff would have marked either my right or left knee to identify which side should be cut on. I don’t think that was necessary for my particular case–only one place for that cystoscope to go! By the way, if any of you are looking for an investment opportunity, alcohol-based hand wash would be a good bet. To prevent spread of infection, there is a lot of hand washing going on.

Kudos to my good friends and associates at UroPartners and my new friends at Advocate Lutheran General. I’m just glad that in my case, when it rained, it poured!


SpaceOAR® System – Rectal Protection for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy Patients

UroPartners is now offering a new tool that is proven to protect prostate cancer patients from the negative effects of radiation therapy.

Because of the close proximity of the prostate to the rectum, prostate radiation therapy typically results in some radiation hitting the rectum, which can sometimes cause side effects, such as pain during bowel movements, rectal urgency, bleeding or loose stools during or after radiation treatment. That’s why the rectum is called the Organ At Risk (OAR) during prostate radiation therapy.

SpaceOAR System reduces rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy by acting as a spacer – pushing the rectum away from the prostate and out of the high dose radiation region.

Anatomy without SpaceOAR System
With SpaceOAR System
SpaceOAR Hydrogel Pushes the Rectum Out of the High Dose Radiation Field

The hydrogel spacer is injected during a minimally invasive procedure, and — once in place — patients typically can’t feel it. The hydrogel is safe and similar to other products used in brain surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology. It remains in place for 3 months during radiation treatment, and is then absorbed and leaves the body in the patient’s urine — leaving nothing behind.

SpaceOAR System has been has been clinically proven and studied in a US Clinical Trial and is FDA cleared for sale in the US.

To learn more about SpaceOAR hydrogel please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Patient Guide

 For more information on SpaceOAR system go to http://www.spaceoar.com

Please see Instructions for Use for a complete list of potential risks, warnings and precautions.

Reconstructive Urology



Urologic reconstruction is the surgical repairing or recreating of the urinary tract. To learn more about this specialty visit Urologic Reconstruction.

Dr. Alsikafi is one of the few Urologic Reconstruction experts in the Midwest. He is a founding member of TURNS - The Trauma and Urologic Reconstructive Network of Surgeons and has acted as Secretary (2014) and President (2015) of the organization. His clinical interests include all aspects of male and female reconstructive urology as well as general urology.


Urologic Reconstruction 

Alfredo Feels Light as Air

Dr. Meadows and Dr. Koopman Remove Record-Size Bladder Stone

"For 50 years, Alfredo R. suffered from the effects of a rapidly growing bladder stone. By the time he finally agreed to have it surgically removed at 67 years old, it had grown to the record size of nearly 12 centimeters. Luckily, the expert urology team at Swedish Covenant Hospital was ready and capable to meet the challenge." 

Read the rest of this incredible story.


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Uropartners Adds Another Lake Forest Location

Dr. John Milner will now be seeing patients at the Lake Forest Hospital-Medical Center as well as his existing locations, Uropartners Skokie & Uropartners Highland Park. 


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800 N. Westmoreland 
Suite 200
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Meet the Physicians, Get Directions, Book an Appointment

97.9 The Loop at S.E.A Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run

This September 11th, Honor those men who are no longer with us and celebrate those who are. The S.E.A Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run event includes: CARA-Certified 5K Run Including the First Responder Challenge, Celebration Walk, Flag Ceremony, Prostate Cancer Education Tent, Family Fun Zone, FREE PSA Testing, FREE Pizza Lunch, Live Music, and much more! With the sponsorship of Chicago's 97.9 The Loop, you will have the opportunity to meet the Loop's Rock Girl, April! Visit S.E.A Blue's Prostate Cancer Walk/Run page to find more information and to sign up!


Listen to 97.9's Mancow talk about the S.E.A Blue Prostate Walk/Run: 

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Men's Health Week!

Help kick off Men's Health Week by participating in Blue Monday! Wear blue on Monday, June 13 to show your support and promote men's health. For more information regarding Men's Health Week and Blue Monday visit Michigan Institute of Urology's - Men's Health Foundation.

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Best Nurse/Physician Relationship - Dr. Koopman

Dr. Koopman is  a  recipient of the first ever Nurse/Physician Excellence Award! Dr. Koopman was nominated by his nurses for exemplary cooperation with his medical staff.  This type of working relationship not only benefits the nurses but also positively impacts the patient experience.


For more information on Dr. Koopman's latest award visit  Swedish Covenant Hospital's NewsRoom.

Dr. Patel's Recent Publication

Ureteral Stone Management: A Practical Approach

UroPartners' doctor, Dr. Sutchin Patel has recently published a new book "Ureteral Stone Management: A Practical Approach." Be sure to go and check out this new publication.


Ureteral Stone Management: A Practical Approach

Top Doctor - Dr. Gluckman, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Norris

Congratulations to Dr. Gluckman, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Norris for being nominated and selected by their peers as national Top Doctors by U.S News Media Group and Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. The title of Top Doctor is achieved through peer nomination, extensive review, and careful screening from Castle Connolly. We at Uropartners are proud to have such outstanding doctors.


UroPartners Spotlight

Dr. Lester Raff

Today's Spotlight: Dr. Lester Raff

Dr. Raff is not only a skilled Pathologists and Medical Director of UroPartners Laboratory, but in his free time, he authors a blog where he shares stories of being an empty nester, building a new home, and daily anecdotes. His blog was recently picked up by Chicago Now. Check it out at http://www.chicagonow.com/downsize-maybe/. It promises to be a very entertaining read.




UroPartners welcomes new doctor

Uropartners in Lake Forest and Grayslake welcomes Dr. R. Joseph Hartman, Jr. to our practice.  He has also joined the medical staff of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Advocate Condell Medical Center.  

UroPartners New Location

UroPartners is now opening a new office located at 136 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Great space, great parking! The physicians of this office join us from their previous practice, Northwest Suburban Urology Associates. We welcome Dr. Eli Michaels, Dr. George Schuster, and Dr. Geoffery Engel to UroPartners!

Dr. Laurence Levine's recent overseas work

Madrid, Spain

In June 2015, Dr. Levine traveled to Spain to work on issues for Urologic related purposes. While in Madrid, Dr. Levine was an invited speaker for an International Workshop on Peyronie’s Disease. He discussed the recent updates in medical therapy for the disease. He also performed a placement surgery of an IPP and Modeling at Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda University Hospital. Dr. Levine was also invited as co-chair at the 4th International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM), where he discussed implants, mechanical devices and vascular surgery for erectile dysfunction.

SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk/Run 2015

Lincoln Park - September 13, 2015

UroPartners is a proud support of the SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Walk. Each year UroPartners teams up with Us Too International, a non-for-profit agency that provides valuable insight into treatment and recovery, to raise funds for prostate cancer survivors and their families through the SEA Blue annual walk & run. SEA Blue is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area targeted for men’s health. The proceeds that are raised from SEA Blue benefit Us Too prostate cancer education and support programs. To register for the walk please visit:www.seablueprostatewalk.org


Men's Health Week

June 15-21

UroPartners supports Men's Health Week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.Make sure you wear blue to support the cause!

Access your Medical Information Online

UroPartners is excited to bring you the latest advance in Personal Health Information Management. UroPartners has teamed up with FollowMyHealth to bring you the opportunity to securely view and manage your health information at your fingertips. You can access your patient account anytime, anywhere, and even on the go. 

Once registered, you will be able to:

-Send your doctor a message
-Make or cancel an appointment
-Request a prescription refill 
-View, print, fax, or email your health records and results

If you would like to sign up for UroPartners' FollowMyHealth patient portal, please inquire about how at your office visit! 

Prostate Support Group

We invite you to join our Prostate Cancer Support group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The group meets the second Wednesday of every other month at 6:30 pm. In this confidential setting we offer:

  • Information about Prostate Cancer and the latest treatment options.
  • Open discussion about coping, adjusting, and problem solving.
  • Opportunity to share experiences and feelings in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity.
  • Emotional support for those men who have recently been diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, or have completed their treatment.
  • A time for men to gather together for inspiration, information, education, and camaraderie.
For more information, please call the UroPartners Prostate Center at the Glen (224) 260-3100.

Prostate Cancer Treatment

UroPartners is the only community-based urology group in the Chicagoland area to have access to a new, breakthrough treatment for certain men with advanced prostate cancer who have limited treatment options. PROVENGE, an FDA-approved vaccine, is designed to work differently than hormone therapy or chemotherapy. As an autologous cellular immunotherapy, this treatment uses cells from a patient's own immune system to identify and attack prostate cancer cells.

Treatment with PROVENGE includes three doses given approximately two weeks apart. After three infusions, treatment with PROVENGE is complete. Potential reactions include fever and flu-like symptoms, but the procedure is generally well-tolerated.

For more information about this promising new treatment, talk with a UroPartners physician.