Dr. Howard Aubert presents at event and encourages men to take charge of their health.

Brews and Buds: Riverside Community Hospital Teamed Up with Local Brewery to Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer Prevention

Riverside, CA Riverside Community Hospital teamed up with local Riverside brewery, Route 30 Brewery Company, to bring awareness of the warning signs and symptoms of prostate cancer at a fun and educational event Wednesday, September 28.  

Riverside Community Hospital board-certified urologist, Dr. Howard Aubert, presented on the warning signs and treatment options of Prostate Cancer as well as some general men’s health concerns. He explained the importance of knowing and monitoring your BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) score to measure and monitor any potential symptoms of prostate cancer.

The risk for prostate cancer depends on many factors:

  • Average risk - men with no prostate cancer in their immediate family. Discuss screening at age 50.
  • High risk - African Americans or those with a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) who was diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65. Discuss screening at age 45.
  • Very high risk - those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer before age 65 or if you have specific inherited predispositions to prostate cancer such as Lynch syndrome or BRCA carries. Discuss screening at age 40.

One attendee said, “I found the information Dr. Aubert provided to be very beneficial.  As someone who has a history of prostate cancer in my family, I learned I need to check earlier than the average guy and then monitor my score frequently.”

Dr. Afshin Rashtian, radiation oncologist and Medical Director of the Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital, spoke about the life-saving and unique technology the Cancer Center uses to treat all types of cancer, including Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT.)

“IMRT is an advanced radiation treatment planning technique and commonly used for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Rashtian. “A dosimetrist, (someone who creates an individualized treatment plan for the patient,) works with the radiation oncologist and medical physicist to calculate the proper dose of radiation given to the tumor.  We use computer software to optimize based on planning objectives to target while sparing other organs.”

In addition, Dr. Rashtian shared the Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital also offers Stereotactic Radiosurgery, a noninvasive alternative for the treatment of malignant tumors located anywhere in the body. Radiosurgery delivers high doses of radiation to tumors with extreme accuracy offering renewed hope to patients with inoperable or surgically complex tumors, or for patients looking for an alternative to surgery. The system uses image guidance technology to deliver multiple beams of high-energy radiation to tumors from virtually any direction within sub-millimeter accuracy. Patients typically experience minimal recovery time returning to normal activities immediately.

Following the presentations, the physicians engaged in an in-depth Question & Answer time with attendees. 

Route 30 Brewing Company provided a beer tasting of 3 beers: Hazy Day IPA, Route 30 Pilsner and Razztastic, a raspberry sour.

Prostate Cancer statistic sources: Prostate cancer: symptoms and screenings | Sarah Cannon

Attendee engaged in Q&A with physicians

Attendee engaged in Q&A with physicians

Eric Brummel, co-owner of Route 30 Brewing Company, at beer tasting table

Eric Brummel, co-owner of Route 30 Brewing Company, at beer tasting table

About Route 30 Brewing Company

Locally owned and operated, Route 30 Brewing Company believes that serving its community is about more than craft beer; it’s about creating spaces where both friends and strangers can connect, supporting causes that benefit neighbors in need, and creating something authentic and delicious that the Riverside community can be proud to call its own.

Route 30 Brewing is rated as one of California’s top 10 craft breweries of 2022 according to Yelp. See for yourself and sip local by visiting one of the two tasting room locations. Cheers to good health!

For more information, visit Route 30 Brewing.