Producing his weekly present, Friday’s from The Funky Uncle to lift cash and assist unemployed musicians throughout the pandemic has been prime precedence for New Orleans music producer Shane Norris, even after he was identified with prostate most cancers. Norris, 61, obtained his first of three elevated PSA scores in March 2020, simply because the Covid-19 lockdowns – and postponement of elective medical procedures – had begun.
A month later, Norris launched the primary ‘Funky Uncle’ webcast, that includes New Orleans expertise, and “produced with love.” He has managed to ship a reside musical efficiency each week because the first present aired on April 3, 2020, and lift $272,000 by means of the “Funk Fund” to distribute to all members of the New Orleans leisure neighborhood in want.
By Could 2020, a month after the inaugural present, an MRI and biopsy confirmed a malignant tumor in Norris’s prostate. Though the most cancers had not unfold, the danger of delaying therapy was excessive. Beneath the care of Stephen Bardot, MD, Chair of the Urology Division at Ochsner Medical Heart in New Orleans, Norris was introduced with a selection of the 2 requirements of take care of treating prostate most cancers: radical prostatectomy and radiation. Radical surgical procedure includes eradicating all the prostate, whereas radiation requires beaming excessive doses of radiation into his physique. Each procedures include doubtlessly severe negative effects of urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and even penile shrinkage. These negative effects apprehensive Norris, and he started to analysis different therapies.
Though he ultimately agreed to surgical procedure, Norris was decided to discover a higher possibility. He discovered about laser ablation which provided promising outcomes. In June 2020 Norris opted for this therapy as an alternative of surgical procedure and began his personal GoFundMe marketing campaign to crowd fund for the process. Not solely was laser ablation not coated by his insurance coverage, however the closest hospital providing the therapy was practically 400 miles away in Galveston, TX.
Between Covid delays and Hurricane Laura that closed the border between Louisiana and Texas, Norris’s process ended up being postponed till October, the identical month he was on account of return to Dr. Bardot for a comply with up examination. The delay was fortuitous. Within the 5 months since Norris was identified, Ochsner Medical Heart acquired Focal One Excessive Depth Targeted Ultrasound — or Focal One HIFU – expressly for therapy of localized prostate most cancers and one which dramatically lowered the danger of debilitating negative effects. Ochsner was the primary hospital in Louisiana to amass Focal One HIFU. And Norris grew to become the hospital’s first Focal One HIFU affected person.
FocalOne HIFU is a medical machine that makes use of high-frequency sound waves directed at cancerous tissue by means of an ultrasound probe inserted into the rectum. No incisions are made. No radiation is emitted. No organ is eliminated. Focal One HIFU works by heating up and regularly burning simply the realm of the prostate that has most cancers. Dr. Bardot defined to Norris that HIFU works equally to holding a magnifying glass above a leaf on a sunny day. The solar’s rays shine by means of the lens and regularly trigger the leaf to burn.
Focal One HIFU first fuses magnetic resonance photographs with biopsy information and real-time ultrasound imaging, presenting the physician with numerous 3D views on a big display screen. From these views the physician attracts a exact contour across the diseased tissue and destroys solely that portion of the prostate. Due to HIFU’s accuracy, incontinence and impotence are largely prevented.
“The much less tissue we take away from a person’s physique, the higher he’ll do post-treatment for prostate most cancers,” stated Dr. Bardot. “This new era of noninvasive gadgets are purpose-built for prostate therapy, with pin-point accuracy, enabling us to exactly and non-surgically eradicate solely the focal space of the prostate concerned by most cancers, whereas preserving the remainder of a person’s wholesome prostate and performance.”
So moreover the advantages of getting care near residence at Ochsner and avoiding a complete day’s drive to and from Galveston, Norris most popular Focal One HIFU due to the low danger of collateral harm, and the opportunity of preserving his high quality of life.
Norris’s Focal One HIFU process was accomplished in two hours and he returned residence that afternoon. He skilled no negative effects and was ache free, though he did have some discomfort from a catheter that was eliminated six days later.
Norris was enthusiastic in his reward for the process. “I’m extremely happy with the result of this and I extremely suggest anybody with the prospect of getting a prostate tumor eliminated to contemplate this route over different choices. I used to be capable of return to work on mild obligation after two weeks and resume all bodily actions on a restricted foundation.
“I’m profoundly grateful to have been given the chance to have the HIFU process. I’m proud to have the ability to inform different males in Louisiana that they need to discuss to their physician about this process in the event that they’re identified with localized prostate most cancers like I used to be.
“I’m additionally most humbly grateful for Ochsner and to Dr. Bardot for permitting me to be the primary to obtain the HIFU process in Louisiana.”
And the musicians of New Orleans are perpetually grateful to Norris and his crew for by no means skipping a Funky Uncle manufacturing and his continued help for their very own medical and financial challenges throughout the Covid pandemic.
Tune into the Prostate Decisions podcast to listen to straight from Shane about his expertise.