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.

 

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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!!

GRI-408 7000th Case Pop Up Sign

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

Dr Drew is Cancer Free!

In the past few weeks Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of HLN’s Dr. Drew on Call, has begun talking about his battle with prostate cancer. “While many of you were celebrating the Fourth of July, I was at home on my couch recovering from a robotic prostatectomy. Four hours of surgery had left me in great pain, without an appetite, and in need of help to get up and lie down. But I was cancer-free for the first time in at least two years.”

According to an essay on the HLN’s Network Blog, it was only after his wife, Susan, pressured him to get a check up, that it was noticed that Pinsky’s Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels had gone up from a “one” to a “four”. While this was still considered in the “normal” range an ultrasound was performed and revealed that the central lobe of his prostate was bigger than it should have been. Pinsky was then diagnosed with prostatitis or inflammation of the prostate.

Based on his PSA levels and this increase in the size of his prostate, Pinsky’s doctor strongly suggested that a biopsy be performed. This biopsy revealed that he definitely had prostate cancer. The next step was a phase of Active Surveillance, in which the tumor was monitored over the course of more than a year. Finally after a third biopsy, about two to three months ago, it was noticed that the tumor had begun to change shape, and as a result was time to have it removed.

Pinsky states, that he is discussing his battle to help make men aware. It is his goal to inform men that most are likely to get prostate cancer and that they should not panic if and when that time comes. “I’m grateful this was a detectable and  survivable cancer. I’m pleased that the judgement and intuition of my physicians were spot-on every step of the way.”

We at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation commend Dr Drew Pinsky for his bravery and willingness to go public about his battle, as putting faces on this disease is key in creating awareness.

Dr Drew Pinsky’s Top Ten Things to Know about Prostate Cancer

  • Prostate cancer is a complex disease.
  • It behaves differently at different ages.
  • PSA screening is complicated and controversial.
  • If your doctor recommends a biopsy or ultrasound, don’t refuse simply because it involves a sensitive part of your body.
  • If the results show the presence of cancer, don’t panic.
  • Time is on your side. Don’t rush decisions about radiation or surgery.
  • Many men can opt for active surveillance, watching the prostate over a period of months or years.
  • There isn’t a by-the-book, one-size-fits-all treatment.
  • Trust your doctors’ judgment and instincts. They have seen thousands of cases.
  • You’re seeing your first case, and it’s you.

The Mountain Within

“Prostate cancer doesn’t care how fit you are, how high you climb or how much you serve your country….. I am living proof that early detection saves lives.” – Karim Mella

In October of last year IPCF chairman Dr. Patel performed surgery on his 5000th patient, our very own Karim. A striking testimonial and profound spirit, we are thrilled to feature him as our “Face for PSA Testing.” Strongly believing that his survival hinged on early detection, he has generously accepted this role. We express sincere gratitude for the time that he has so willingly volunteered, his impact is cannot be measured!

May 21st 2011, Karim Mella ascends Mount Everest unaware of the underlying shock soon to come. A diagnosis that would make even this most recent feat almost insignificant. For a man not easily intimidated, the words ‘You have prostate cancer’ proved to strike a brutal mental blow.

A marvelous man in his endeavors, Karim Mella is a life that could have been a great loss if not saved through the results of PSA testing. His accomplishments as a physically fit 44-year-old father and husband would leave most anyone certain that his health warranted little concern for decline.

Since age 11 Karim has been climbing the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Serving as a sergeant in the military he has visited and explored 22 countries including South America, Africa, Alaska, Argentina and Peru. All of this leading to his most impressive feat yet, conquering Mount Everest. After climbing Everest in May of 2011 Mella felt invisible he says, unknowingly however, cancer WILL follow you to the top of the world.

Karim showed no symptoms of prostate cancer upon his return check-up. Luckily you may say, his PSA test results returned with high numbers indicating a possible complication with the prostate. Under the recommendations of Dr. Patel this lead to a cancerous biopsy and finally a frightening diagnosis, ‘You have Prostate Cancer’.

Concerned about the outlook for his future Karim confided in Patel for reassurance. With confidence Dr. Patel explained that key factors were acting in Karim’s favor: “Not only have we diagnosed at an early age, but also at an early grade within the early stages of progression.”

After his surgery in October of 2011 Karim exhibits little hesitation as he jumps right back into life…literally (watch the video)! Completing a Half-Ironman in May 2012 he continues to prepare for the New York City Ironman in August of this year. Also he has organized a trip to the Dominican Republic where he will lead 50 low-income children on an expedition into the beautiful mountains in which he begun his journey.

“Cancer does not discriminate. Awareness is our most powerful weapon.”

These are the words of Karim Mella as he advocates the use of PSA testing in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate diseases. He thanks Celebration Health and Dr. Patel his words being, “I could not have asked for any better.”

Follow Karim’s lead by joining his signature on our petition demanding that the USPSTF withdraw recommendations against PSA testing.

PSA Petition soon to reach 5,000 signatures….. Let’s shoot for 10,000! CREATE ACTION!!

We want to first thank our community for all of your continued efforts, support, and interest as you follow the ongoing developments surrounding this cause. Through our combined initiatives we have made considerable accomplishments and enthusiastically update you on the status of our progress.

As so many of you have signed and shared our petition, urging the USPSTF to recant their negative decision toward PSA testing, please take pride as we announce successfully reaching upwards of 4,400 signatures! Progressing at this rate we have high hopes of reaching 5,000 by this months end, if not sooner. Keeping with an aggressive approach this only motivates us further as we push toward the 10,000 signature mark! It is with confidence that we ask our community to maintain their persistence, spreading the word and calling upon their peers to sign our petition. Reaching 10,000 will be monumental in receiving national coverage and recognition. With this, key decision makers including congress, the media and the global community will be all but forced to take notice and take ACTION! Together we can CHANGE.

Oscar Robertson reaches millions with international media tour to create prostate cancer awareness.

NBA All-Star Legend Oscar Robertson speaks out to create awareness! Oscar not only sits on the board of the Foundation, he will also be the Honorary Chair of the Foundations Launch Gala on March 10th. We are so grateful for his help here at The International Prostate Cancer Foundation.

In Partnership with Julison Communications and 2u Creative we have been working on a National Public Relations Campaign to promote the launch of the foundation and educate the public on some of the important facts of prostate cancer! Yesterday Oscar participated in a Media Tour that helped us officially launch The International Prostate Cancer Foundation and create awareness world wide on the importance of getting screened.

Emcee of the Education Event, Greg Francis (left), Oscar Robertson (center), Dr. Vipul Patel (right)

Oscar got a great surprise when this fan asked him to sign his FRESHMAN year high school yearbook.

Click on this image to see Dr. Patel and Oscar's appearance on Good Day Orlando

Oscar at one of the many radio interviews he did across the nation.

Below are a few of the many pieces that were running internationally yesterday.

http://www.cfnews13.com/article/sports/2012/february/385763/BHSN-1on1-with-NBA-HallofFamer-Oscar-Robertson

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1076426-oscar-robertson-nba-legend-goes-public-with-prostate-cancer-diagnosis

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/good_day/022212-NBA-legend-speaks-about-beating-cancer

http://www.vadvert.co.uk/sports/22044-nba-legend-robertson-raising-awareness-after-cancer-fight.html (from London)

http://www.yahoosportsradio.com/nba/oscar-robertson-triple-doubles-17674/ (Oscar’s interview is on the front-page of Yahoo! Sports’ website)

http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/News/Surveillance/vUYFfxJc27ME.mp3

http://www.foxsportsradio.com/pages/loosecannons.html?feed=403320&article=9799353

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/sentinel-sports-now/os-oscar-robertson-lebron-james,0,5833013.story

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/sentinel-sports-now/os-nba-allstar-oscar-robertson,0,4077452.story

http://www.740thegame.com/pages/openmike.html?article=9795353

Congratulations to our founder. Dr. Patel performs his 5,000th surgery!

Congratulations to our chairman and founder, Dr. Vipul Patel! This week he performed his 5,000th prostatectomy!

We want to congratulate him, he is saving lives one surgery at a time!

Here’s to a job well done. Click to Hear it from the mouths of the survivors!