IPCF sponsors the Audi Quattro Cup with much success!

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We are always looking for solid partnerships to help spread #prostatecancerawareness. Recently, IPCF partnered with Audi to sponsor their local Audi Quattro Cup, giving the winning twosome a chance to advance to the U.S. Final held in Charleston, South Carolina. There was a great response with many attendees, including IPCF Board Member Wilson Dondo, as well as Prostate Cancer Survivor and former American football player Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz is a former American football player.

Founder, Dr. Vipul Patel spoke about #prostatecancerawareness and the importance of prostate cancer screening and awareness. And all proceeds of the event were donated by Audi to the International Prostate Cancer Foundation.

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Founder’s Study on Improving Outcomes

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Our mission here at IPCF, among others, is to participate in continuing research regarding Prostate Cancer Treatments. Founder, Dr. Vipul R. Patel recently published a study on AminoFix that was picked up by OncLive. 

Read a brief summary of the study below, or click here to read the full article.

Using an allograft made up of dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (dHACM) wrapped around the neurovascular bundle (NVB) during nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) improved continence and potency postsurgery, according to results of a small study conducted by Vipul R. Patel, MD, professor of urology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine and medical director, Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Findings were published online in European Urology.

– See more at: http://www.onclive.com/publications/urologists-in-cancer-care/2015/June-2015/Applying-AmnionChorion-Wrap-Improved-Outcomes-Following–Robot-Assisted-Radical-Prostatectomy#sthash.eEQtTeoB.dpuf

Showing Gratitude to IPCF Board Member, Wilson Dondo!

Here at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation we are lucky to have the support of our many esteemed board members.
They donate their time, expertise and financial support to continuing our efforts to fight prostate cancer and it’s effects.

Recently, board member Wilson Dondo, has contributed his time and efforts to help secure a financial gift from a prostate cancer survivor. Donations like this are important in our continued research and developments of treatments to continue to make an impact in the field of prostate cancer. And having wonderful board members, like Mr. Dondo fighting in our corner, contributes to continued breakthroughs.

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Mr. Dondo joined our board in early 2014, he holds a Masters Degree in Marketing as well as a Business Degree. He is a member of the International Prostate Cancer Foundation board and co- founder of VMD Group. He continues to lend his efforts to fundraising for IPCF.

We are proud to have someone as a member of our board who gives back to our community so generously.

If you would like to donate to the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, please contact us at info@ipcfund.org or donate directly here.

8,000 Lives and Going Strong!

Congratulations to our Founder, Dr. Vipul Patel. He and his team at the Global Robotics Institute completed 8,000 surgeries today! Visit us at @endprostatecancer on twitter and wish him congratulations!

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Florida Hospital’s Cycle the City!

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We are proud sponsors of this year’s Cycle in the City!

IPCF joins Florida Hospital in recognizing the importance of whole person health and the benefits of physical fitness to elevate the wellbeing of our community. With a focus on mind, body and spirit, Corporate Synergies presents Florida Hospital’s Cycle the City | Ride to Wellness, an event to inspire, empower and enable our community to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Open to riders of all skill levels, our hope is that this event provides a venue for camaraderie, exercise and inspiration to live happier,
more fulfilling lives.

To Register or Learn More, click here.

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.

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!!

Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum – An Educational Success!!

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Men and their Spouses Register for Men’s Health Forum

The International Prostate Cancer Foundation successfully perpetuates their misison in the 2013 Vero Beach Men’s Health Forum.  The event, in partnership with Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute, was held with efforts to promote research, educate men and encourage prostate cancer screening.  Men and their spouses were invited to learn about men’s healthcare maintenance, basic screening practices and advanced nutritional and healthy lifestyle practices.  With well over 70 community members in attendance, the program has more than fulfilled it’s purpose.

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An Attentive and Educated Audience Quiz our Expert Panel

Those in attendance benefited from expert lectures and discussions on topics including:

  • Importance of Health Care Maintenance
  • Basic Health Care Screening That Every Man Should Have
  • Diet and Exercise Recommendations
  • Cardiac Risk Factors and Routine Maintenance
  • Common Diseases of Aging:  Diabetes, Hypertension and Obesity Management
  • Prostate Health Maintenance and Cancer Screening
  • A Man’s Perspective on Health Maintenance – Personal Testimony – Oscar Robinson
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Dr. Skip Franco Reviews Recommendations for Men’s Health Maintenence

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Men’s Health Panel

We would like to recognize IPCF founder Dr. Vipul Patel along with Dr. Skip Franco and Mr. Edward Mellet for organizing and participatig in the event.  In addition, the forum featured NBA All-Star Legend Oscar Robinson as guest speaker, along with faculty members Mr. Bill Kelly, Dr. Atul Madan, David Robinson MD, Dr. Ranjan Perera and Cynthia Buffington PHD.

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Our Expert Faculty

Special thanks to all who attended. We encourage you to share your experience and spread knowledge as our hope is to extend this program to communities nationwide.

For full highlights and photos visit The International Prostate Cancer Foundation on Facebook & view the full album.

One Step Closer – Resolution Passes S.C. House

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“We are changing the tide…. NOW in South Carolina, PSA screening is still advocated!” – Dr. Vipul Patel

It was in May of 2012 that those in the fight against prostate cancer received what could become a most fatal blow with respect to prostate cancer screening, detection, diagnosis and most importantly prevention and treatment.  At the time the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a decision that would recommend against the use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for men at risk of prostate cancer.  Opposition and controversy grew quickly, with leaders such as the American Urological Association vocalizing the shear importance of PSA screening for men – a simple blood test, that acts as the only widely available test for prostate cancer.

The decision has been at the forefront of our battle here at The International Prostate Cancer Foundation (IPCF) and it is with great satisfaction that we announce a monumental achievement in our efforts, and of those with us in the fight to resolve this issue:

As of March 12th 2013, the South Carolina House has passed a resolution petitioning the United States Congress – to seek withdrawal of the USPSTF recommendations against PSA screening.

The resolution successfully passed the South Carolina Senate in February of this year, and with combined concurrence the prospective impact looks promising.

Expressed gratitude is due and extended to Senator Nikki Setzler of South Carolina for his continued support and direct involvement in said initiative.  A valued board member of The International Prostate Cancer Foundation, former patient of Dr. Vipul Patel, activist and prostate cancer survivor, we salute him!

As we celebrate this historic event, Senator Setzler leaves us with the following statement:

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“I want to sincerely thank my colleagues in the S.C. General Assembly for their support of this resolution. I think it sends the wrong message when our citizens are discouraged from seeking early detection of life-threatening diseases. Knowledge is power. Informed patients guided by knowledgeable, competent physicians can make the best choices about their health care and treatment options. I am a living testament of that. In closing, I want to thank the International Prostate Cancer Foundation for all its efforts. The organization has helped to change my life and the lives of many others.” – Nikki Setzler

We are now even one step closer to eradicating prostate cancer!!

Our hope is that triumphs such as these act as a catalyst for change nationwide.  We perpetuate such efforts through our petition to the USPSTF – urging themto recant their negative decision – and encourage you ALL to sign, support and spread the initiative!

ACTION facilitates CHANGE, and change can SAVE LIVES!!

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For more info on resolution:

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IPCF Highlights the Prostate Cancer Roundtable’s National Policy UPDATES

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Prostate Cancer – an ongoing battle, a prevalent topic of concern and a cause to support!  At the International Prostate Cancer Foundation (IPCF), we fight daily to educate and raise awareness, knowing however that this battle is not one to be conquered alone.  It is with respect and appreciation that we highlight the current efforts of the Prostate Cancer Roundtable as they update their National Policy Agenda to better serve those at risk of this deadly disease.  Only with combined recognition of the threat can we impact necessary change.

With similar goals to the IPCF, the Prostate Cancer Roundtable acts as a forum to establish and ensure a shared set of valued legislative and scientific priorities affecting the prevention, detection of risk, diagnosis, and management of prostate cancer.  Recently, the members have updated this shared national policy agenda for use in 2013.  The result?  A basis for discussions with policy and key decision makers, that will hold strong and push for progress.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was a main topic of focus as the updated agenda would seek revisions to the decision making process of the USPSTF.  Specifically, to make certain that the USPSTF make all efforts to gather input from those whom are experts in the particular area of preventative services under review.  To date, the 16 volunteer members of the USPSTF had been those entrusted with gathering evidence for use in decision making.  This process often neglected referencing different specialized experts for differing diseases.  No longer will decisions without full reference to patient advocacy groups, specialty medical groups & federal agencies be accepted.

Agenda priorities such as these are sure to have a standing impact.  We have spoken about the negative impact of which previous USPSTF decisions have had on prostate cancer screening & prevention and we see this a positive step forward, preventing such occurrences.

Along with the above, other fundamental priorities of the agenda include to:

  • Increase funding for Prostate Cancer specific research up to $120 million/year
  • Increase federal funding for Cancer in general
  • Pass the Bill to create an Office on Men’s Health within the HHS
  • Establish a Prostate Cancer Scientific Advisory Board within the FDA

It is with a sense of relief that the International Prostate Cancer Foundation presents such efforts to you, as we are in agreement.  Every day presents a challenge, however it is becoming quite clear that advocates are stepping up to the battle and working to create an integrated legislative force of support with respect to prostate cancer and all those affected by it.