Helping Prostate Cancer Patients Navigate from Diagnosis to Recovery

Helping Prostate Cancer Patients Navigate from Diagnosis to Recovery
4th Burger Prostate Challenge Golf Tournament Funds Navigator
for Roper St. Francis

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 13, 2012)–Roper St. Francis Healthcare announced today that a new service will be available to patients being treated for prostate cancer thanks to proceeds from the annual Ken Burger Prostate Challenge. Roper St. Francis Cancer Care has acquired a nurse navigator who will assist patients and their families beginning this fall. The annual Ken Burger Prostate Challenge will provide ongoing funding for the position.  

“The players and sponsors registering for our Sept. 20 tournament will know exactly what their contributions are supporting – a nurse navigator that will assist Roper St. Francis patients diagnosed with prostate cancer by leading them through the complexities of the process,” said Ken Burger, author, newspaper columnist and prostate cancer survivor. “Patient navigation has emerged as a key component to a multidisciplinary healthcare team, particularly in cancer. Navigators work closely with doctors and care givers to help guide patients and families through a new world of information, diagnostic and treatment regimens, and symptom management.”  

The nurse navigator is an oncology certified registered nurse. “She will serve as an expert resource, providing a familiar face throughout treatment and recovery, allowing patients to focus their energy and efforts toward healing,” Burger said.  

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Burger will again lead the charge to The Ocean Course at KiawahIsland for the popular event sponsored by Roper St. Francis Cancer Care. This year the tournament will be held Thurs., Sept. 20, 2012.  

Burger, a cancer survivor himself, visits patients at Roper St. Francis hospitals. “It is thrilling to know that just by playing golf on one of the most beautiful courses in the world, we will so positively impact the lives of the men and their families that I meet while visiting cancer patients at the hospitals,” he said. “When you have cancer you have endless questions. Now they’ll have someone by their side to help get the answers.” 

How to Participate in the Tournament
There is a $2,000 entry fee per foursome, and space is still available. Hole sponsorship is $500, and a team/hole sponsorship package is available for $2,250. Players will receive a continental breakfast, lunch on the course, a gift, and may attend an afternoon awards reception hosted by Burger. Registration is at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Rain date is Nov.1. 

To register for the tournament fill out an entry form online at or contact Pat Vandenheuvel at (843) 958-2606.  

Free Prostate Screenings – Sept. 13
As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Roper St. Francis will sponsor free prostate screenings Sept. 13, from 5-7:30 p.m. at four locations:

  • RoperHospital (downtown Charleston)
  • Roper Hospital-Berkeley
  • Roper St. Francis Cancer Center (St. Francis campus in West Ashley)
  • Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital  

Free Men’s Health Night on the USS Yorktown – Sept. 27
Finally, adults will be welcome aboard the USS Yorktown for Roper St. Francis Men’s Health Night on Sept. 27. The free event begins at 6 p.m. and includes educational sessions with doctors and other speakers on topics affecting men’s health. Dinner will be served.  

Registration is required to attend either or both free events.To register, call (843) 402-CARE (2273).  

Roper St. Francis Healthcare is proud to be the medical services provider of the 2012 PGA Championship  

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Serving South Carolina’s Lowcountry for almost 200 years, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the area’s only non-profit health system and is dedicated to the mission of “Healing All People with Compassion, Faith and Excellence.”  With more than 100 facilities across 7 counties, the system’s hospitals include RoperHospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital. The system employs a network of more than 200 doctors and has a medical staff of more than 800 physicians covering all specialties. Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s more than 5,300 employees pride themselves on being nationally-recognized through Joint Commission accreditations and awards including hundreds earned for patient, physician and employee satisfaction.


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