Commitment to Education

As one of the missions of the International Prostate Cancer Foundation being education, it is no surprise that one of the most outstanding qualities of our founder Dr. Vipul Patel, is his constant commitment to education worldwide. Educating patients on the importance of regular prostate cancer screenings along with the multiple treatment options is a strong focus. Learning as much as possible about the many different treatment options that are available, will enable patients to make better decisions. Treatment options are based on a number of factors and should be made hand in hand with a physician. Options include but are not limited to:

  • Prostatectomy – A common treatment for early stage localized cancer in which the prostate gland is removed.
  • Radiation Therapy – A treatment in which radioactive exposure is directed at cancer cells and the surrounding tissues.
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy – As the most common type of radiation therapy, CT scans and MRIs are used to find the location of  the tumor cells.
  • Proton Therapy – Unlike the external beam radiation, this form of treatment uses protons for advanced precision on targeted tumors without affecting surrounding tissues.
  • Brachytherapy – Tiny radioactive metal pellets are inserted into the prostate. The pellets give off radiation to the immediate surrounding area, killing prostate cancer cells.
  • Hormone Therapy – This treatment is designed to prevent testosterone from being released or from acting on the prostate cells, as testosterone is the main fuel source for prostate cancer cell growth.
  • Chemotherapy - An advanced prostate cancer treatment option, that involves the use of specific chemicals to stop the cancer cells from dividing, limiting growth and spread of the tumor.
  • Emerging Therapies - Everyday new drugs, new regimens and new treatment options are being investigated by researchers all over the world.

Recently Dr. Vipul Patel was interviewed about the benefits of robotic prostatectomy.  As one of the leading treatments, the benefits of this procedure by far outweigh the costs.

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Allowing the physician great control and comfort, robotic surgeries provide less stress overall, for both the medical staff and the patient. Dr. Patel, his team and surgeons everywhere, have experienced greater control of the overall treatment outcomes with this rapidly growing option in cancer treatments.

For the full interview click HERE.

 

Cancer Fighting Dinner Recipe

Antioxidants have been shown to play a serious role in preventing free radical damage. While free radicals are found naturally in the body and play a vital role in many normal cellular processes, at a  high level they can be dangerous to the body and cause damage to major cells, including DNA cells. Damage to DNA cells may be connected to the development of cancer and other health conditions.

Antioxidants can be found in high quantities in bright colored fruits, dried beans, and nuts. Remembering to “eat the rainbow” at every meal, will help ensure that your diet is chalk full of cancer fighting antioxidants.

Below is a perfect example of a dinner with tons of cancer fighting ingredients from iVillage.com.

Salmon with Blueberry Mango Salsa

Salmon with Blueberry Mango Salsa

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Ingredients:

  • 4 – 4 ounce Salmon Fillets    
  • 1/2 teaspoon Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Pinch fresh ground Black Pepper 
  • 1/3 cup diced Mango
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced Red Onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced Jalapeños
  • 2 teaspoons evaporated Cane Juice

Very Easy Directions:

1. Mix up the blueberry mango salsa ingredients in a medium bowl. Lightly crush with a fork to release juices and set a side.

2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper and sear for 3 to 5 minutes on each side (or until cooked through).

3. Serve each salmon fillet with 1/4 cup of salsa.

This yummy dinner idea can be recreated with a variety of fruits and berries. Use whats in season or what you have on hand. Just make sure its colorful!

 

Content Citation: Pharmacogn Rev. 2010 Jul-Dec; 4(8): 118–126. Find out more about free radicals and antioxidants and how they impact the human body, HERE.

Dr. Kenneth Palmer on CNN Español

Dr. Kenneth Palmer, International Prostate Cancer Foundation Secretary & Director of Global Robotics Institute in Latin America, was on CNN Español. Dedicated to educating prostate cancer patients and their families, Dr. Palmer discusses many prostate cancer related topics. The full interview can be viewed below.

Do not miss a chance to help fight the cause!!

As you may have heard, the International Prostate Foundation’s Celebration of Life Gala is quickly approaching. With world renowned guest speakers, an amazing dinner and fabulous entertainment, the Gala is guaranteed to be an event full of education and excitement.

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On the morning of March 8th, a complimentary Educational Event will be held at the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios, Orlando. RSVP is required for the event so please EMAIL US to hold a spot for you if your interested in attending. Then later that evening, put on your black tie and join us at 6pm for a fundraising Gala. Enjoy the great food and entertainment while helping to fight for the cause! Registration is required, so click HERE to purchase your tickets. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to help end prostate cancer, click DONATE.

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For more photos from the inaugural Gala in 2012, visit our IMAGE GALLERY.

Know Your Stats

Long after they’ve taken off their cleats and left the field, football stars are using their greatness to influence the best football fans, men! America’s most popular sport is being utilized to help develop a very important game plan for prevention,  screening and treatment of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, second to skin cancer. For this reason,  it is crucial that men take the time to learn the stats about prostate cancer.

Below is a great infograph courtesy of The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, that does just that!

Additionally, men can gain an understanding of their prostate cancer risk by taking advantage of the Know Your Stats campaign, developed in partnership by the NFL and the Urology Care Foundation. In the fifth season of the campaign, Hall of Famer and former Super Bowl Champ Michael Haynes has stepped up to be a spokes person, traveling the country to help educate and inspire men to understand this potentially deadly disease.

Click this link and sign the Know Your Stats Pledge, vowing to:

  • Know your risk or encourage men in your life to know theirs.
  • Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer testing or encourage others to do so.
  • Raise awareness about prostate cancer.
  • Support prostate cancer research.

 

Dr. Patel on Sirius XM Radio Tonight!

Our founder Dr. Vipul Patel will be on the Sirius XM “Doctor Radio” Wednesday night at 7:30pm. He will be a part of a Men’s Health Discussion from 6:00-8:00pm, with his focus being on Prostate Cancer. If you are a current Sirius XM subscriber the program can be found on Channel 81.

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Tune in and listen to “real doctors helping real people”.

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Free Prostate Cancer Educational Event!

2014 Educational Symposium

With the International Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Celebration of Life Gala quickly approaching, we want to ensure that everyone knows about the Free Educational Event that will be taking place earlier in the day. Throughout the day, guest speakers, including our founder Dr. Vipul Patel, will be addressing topics that affect both prostate cancer patients and their families.  The Educational Event will run from 8am-1pm at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel on March 8, 2014. This is a free event for anyone interested in attending but space is limited and RSVP is required by emailing here. See below for a full agenda of the event.

The Gala, that will take place on the evening of March 8, 2014,  is a fundraising event that requires an RSVP. Please visit here to purchase your tickets today!!

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Get Moving in 2014!!

With the beginning of the New Year comes New Years Resolutions. Last year, 45% of Americans made resolutions and 38% of them were weight related. Multiple studies have shown a strong link between excess body weight and cancer. Excess body weight has been shown to affect hormone levels, immune system function and inflammation. While research on the effect of of losing weight is minimal, there is growing evidence that weight loss may reduce the risk of more aggressive prostate cancers.

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How to Stick to Your Exercise Resolutions:

1. Take Baby Steps - Don’t cannon ball into the deep end! Start slow and ease into your plan. Jumping in too quickly can result in burn out. Try to make your exercise part of your everyday routine. Just like any new habit, it may take some time for it to become natural but it can definitely be done. If your starting from scratch, start with daily 10 minute walks and slowly build up to 30.

2. Enlist Help - Meeting up with a friend for a walk or a yoga class will keep you more accountable. Other  options include joining a a running club or enlisting the help of a personal trainer.

3. Make Frequent Achievable Goals - Set a number of minutes, miles, or workout sessions to reach for each month. Track your progress to ensure you are still on track.  Each time you meet a goal, bump up your number just a little for the following month.

4. Keep it Interesting – Frequently change up your activity to not only keep you engaged, but to also make it more beneficial for your body. Constantly doing new, yet fitness level appropriate, forms of exercise will keep your body guessing and tends to show better results. For example, try out that paddle-boarding or yoga class you’ve been meaning to try. Even if it isn’t your regular form of exercise, it is a fun and active way to take a step closer to your fitness goals.

 

 

 

7000th Case Completed

Today is a very exciting day for the International Prostate Cancer Foundation. Our founder, Dr. Vipul Patel, has just finished his 7000th successful robotic prostatectomy, making him the leader of one of the worlds most experienced surgical teams. Dr. Patel is the first in the country to reach this milestone. Please “Like” our International Prostate Cancer Foundation Facebook page in celebration!!

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The International Prostate Cancer Foundation works in partnership with The Global Robotics Institute and Florida Hospital Foundation.

Movember Madness – Changing the Face of Men’s Health

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Does it seem that you’ve seen a lot more men sporting mustaches this month? Well you are not mistaken, the month of November has officially become Movember or No Shave November. What exactly is Movember, you ask? Movember is an official global charity that started in Australia, hence the spelling of moustache with an O, with the goal of raising awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and metal health challenges. Movember encourages men to join the movement by growing out their moustaches for the 30 days of November. After registering at Movember.com, participants can then share photos of their moustache progress and encourage friends and family to donate in support of their efforts.

Since its humble beginning in 2003, Movember has grown to become a global movement inspiring more than 3 million participants in 21 countries worldwide. Last year, over 1.1 million Mo’s (slang for moustache) around the world joined the movement, raising $147 million. In the US alone, 209,000 Mo’s raised $21 million dollars.

The movement, directed by the Movember Foundation, is focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve our vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

Similarly, No Shave November is a web-based organization devoted to raising cancer awareness and supportive funds by also inspiring men to let their hair grow wild and free. They encourage participants to donate the money that is usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

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The IPCF Team sporting their Mo’s!

 

Check out the video below that shows how the movement works and what some amazing Mo’s have done to help change the face of men’s health!!

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