Our Founder Dr. Patel honored in Local Publication!

Our Founder Dr. Vipul Patel was recently honored with coverage in November’s issue of Life in Keene’s Pointe. Promoting November and Prostate Cancer Awareness Dr. Patel is always happy to lend his time and efforts. Here at The International Prostate Cancer Foundation we are always excited about opportunities to spread awareness and educate men on the importance of screening!



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.


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.

Orlando Sentinel features Dr. Patel & The Real Reason for PSA Screening

Being advocates for awareness & knowledge, the International Prostate Cancer Foundation shares with you opposing opinions in the fight against cancer with the belief that as individuals we have the right to be fully informed.


Just recently, FOX 35 covered the lead story in the Orlando Sentinel highlighting the new “truths” behind various cancer-screening tests including those for breast, prostate, colon, lung and cervical cancer. While we at the IPCF are strong proponents of screening, a growing body of counterintuitive evidence is emerging and we encourage you to be aware of both sides as you define your own stance. As the debate develops some argue that certain cancers, regardless of screening & detection, are cancers that men and women die with, not of.

Our founder, Dr. Vipul Patel has expressed “… what is lost in the debate is that we’re taking away a man’s right to know…”.

Apart from whether screening & detection offer an indisputable road to a cure, ask yourself the value you place on simply having – clear knowledge & control of your health and options.

Read the full Orlando Sentinel article and form your own opinion!

A Celebration of Collaboration – Joining forces with Sanford-Burnham to develop better tests – $60,000 Postdoctoral Grant!!


On May 10, the International Prostate Cancer Foundation awarded Ranjan Perera, Ph.D., scientific director of analytical genomics and bioinformatics at the Sanford-Burnham Lake Nona campus, $60,000 to fund a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Perera’s lab.


Sanford-Burnham can really make an impact in the field,” said our founder Dr. Vipul Patel, as he acknowledged Dr. Perera’s work to identify molecular markers for prostate cancer. With a shared goal to develop better diagnoses and treatments, this postdoc grant is only the first step in a long and mutually beneficial partnership between us here at the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the great minds at Sanford-Burnham.

In Sanford-Burnham Lake Nona labs, Dr. Perera and his team are currently working on early prognostic markers for prostate cancer. The goal is to be able to diagnose prostate cancer earlier, through a simple blood test instead of an invasive biopsy. “This research is urgently needed as professionals from all aspects of the field have been calling for these molecular markers. Not just for prostate cancer, but other malignant tumors as well,” explained Perera.


As Dr. Patel pointed out during the ceremony, “We at Florida Hospital have operated on thousands of prostate cancer patients with various states of disease. We have a large database and a diverse pool of patient samples while Sanford-Burnham has deep basic medical research expertise.” When clinicians and medical researchers work together new therapies and diagnostic tools can be developed more rapidly.

We encourage you to read more about Dr. Perera’s research here & visit Sanford & Burnham’s blog for their full take on the event.

For full coverage and ceremony photos visit the International Prostate Cancer Foundation on Facebook.


A Look Back… A Look Ahead 2012-2013

Dear Friends,

Thank you for being part of our fellowship of men and their families as advocates for the battle against prostate cancer.

2012 was a breakout year for the International Prostate Cancer Foundation as we received our initial funding and began our men’s advocacy campaign in the fight against prostate cancer.  We thank you for your support last year as our impact has been felt globally.

While 2012 yielded some big wins there also arrived some larger battles.  Men globally were shocked by the US Preventative Task Force ill-advised recommendations to primary care physicians against PSA screening in all men.

  • Prostate cancer is the second leading killer in men and 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
  • Over the last 20 years we have seen a 40% decline in mortality largely attributed to early diagnosis from PSA testing.

We believe that taking away screening will lead to increased mortality as tumors will be increasingly diagnosed in more advanced stages. The American Cancer Society, the American Urological Association, the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and a host of patient advocacy groups have solidly banded together to refute the recommendations of the task force and have asked for the issue to be re-examined by more qualified experts in the field of cancer by and having them on the panel.    It makes little sense to do away with a screening method that has been effective in reducing cancer mortality rates of the second-leading cancer in men.  This is especially the case when there is no other screening method in place to replace it.  Taking away a man’s right to know he has cancer is a grave injustice to all men.  The IPCF is very active in both patient education and in legislative activities to attempt to overturn this recommendation.  We have began an online petition which has gathered over 5000 signatures and we have begun to lobby the legislature  We are continuing this fight to give men back their rights.

Join the fight, save lives!


Vipul Patel, MD FACS

Founder, International Prostate Cancer Foundation

Medical Director, Global Robotics Institute



I would like to thank our executive board for their generosity and dedication to our cause.  Our board is without a doubt the finest of any prostate cancer organization, from around the globe and with extremely distinguished backgrounds. You can meet them all by clicking here. In this newsletter we would like to pay tribute to our IPCF heroes who are making a difference.

*Passed Legislation in South Carolina to restore PSA Screening in Men



Senator Setzler has been a leader in the South Carolina legislature for District 26.  He is a prostate cancer survivor and advocate.  His address at the senate floor regarding his own diagnosis can be seen here.  He has helped us take the fight against the US preventative task forces recommendations to the South Carolina legislature where it has passed the senate.  We hope to continue this in other states.  We salute Senator Setzler for his dedication to our prostate cancer survivors and for being the pioneering force in the legislature.

*Began a Genetic Screening Initiative for Prostate Cancer

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In 2013, the International Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with the Sanford & Burnham Medical Research Institute and their expertise in genetic sequencing to introduce new research avenues for the detection of genetic markers for prostate cancer. Our executive board member Dr. Ranjan Perera of the Burnham institute has taken up the challenge of prostate cancer genomics.

*Global Patient Advocate in Educating Men about Prostate Cancer



Thanks to the involvement of Oscar Robinson the foundation message and goals were covered by media giants including ESPN, YahooSports!, FOX, The Associated Press and many more thus raising awareness for the cause.  Read about it on our blog here.



This last year has seen many accomplishments, as we have reached significant milestones allowing the International Prostate Cancer Foundation to make a recognized impact with respect to our mission in the fight against prostate cancer.

In late 2011, the start of programs working to help support and educate urologists nationally and internationally acted as a gateway to greater undertakings in 2012.  The highlight of this year’s achievements was the much anticipated Foundation  Launch & Celebration of Life Gala Event.

The morning of the Gala, the Foundation hosted an Education Symposium. Patients and supporters alike attended to learn more about Prostate Cancer Facts, Advances in Screening and Genetic Research, and Life after a Prostatectomy – just to name a few.

With such talented and educated advocates in attendance, this was a must-attend event for local men. To see videos of the educational presentations, please click here.  To see photos of the education event, please click here.

The official Foundation Launch Gala Event drew men’s advocates from around the globe with over 20 countries represented at our inaugural event to launch our fight against prostate cancer and against those agencies attempting to eliminate screening programs.  Many of our esteemed Board Members and Cancer Survivors spoke on behalf of the foundation, and about why it is so important to join the fight, create awareness, support research, educate about prostate cancer and stress the importance of PSA screening. To see a full gallery of the Celebration of Life

Gala, please click here. The IPCF also promoted patient and physician education by sponsoring local and global events.  In April, we were proud to be a sponsor for the 16th Annual Black Men’s Health Summit held in Orlando, FL by monetary donation to provide free health screenings for more than 3,000 men.  You can read more about it here. Such endeavors have worked to establish the International Prostate Cancer Foundation as a prominent contributor in prostate cancer education and awareness.



Continuing to raise awareness, the International Prostate Cancer Foundation, in partnership with Change.org, released its first petition urging professionals and community members to stand up against negative PSA ratings.  A decision set forth by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force with the potential to have severe damaging effects on the future of prostate cancer detection and treatment.  To date, the petition has reached over 5,000 signatures and continues to be a focus for growth.  To sign or forward the petition to your friends, please click here.Furthermore, 2012 was the initiation of several donation campaigns and sponsorships.  Through social media outlets such as Facebook, supplemental funding was made possible by way of a month-long Mimic Technologies Partnership and our Text-2-Give campaign (here).  We persistently encourage those who wish to make a difference to text “FIGHT” to “27722” as a donation of $5 will be made directly to the International Prostate Cancer Foundation.



In partnership with the Sanford-Burnham Institute, we have hired researchers who will attempt to decode the genetics of prostate cancer.  The funding for the post-doctoral fellowship was provided via the IPCF from the generosity of our donors and advocates.   Additionally we have undertaken a prospective study examining the tissue of high risk prostate cancer patients for genetic signatures that will potential predict the cancers lethal nature.  Our goal is to develop genetic analysis methods that will help future generations avoid contracting the disease or helping cure it early in its course.Without your support and generosity none of this would have been possible, we have made a global impact in a short time and our platform has positioned us to make a truly meaningful difference in the lives of men already diagnosed and in their progeny for the future generations. Now is our critical time to action.  WE are facing healthcare reform and special interest groups who wish to eliminate screening and therefore increase levels of mortality from prostate cancer.  WE will need your help to take this fight to the next level and to accomplish our core objectives.  I urge you to support us. Please take the time to donate whatever you can and join us in giving prostate cancer the finger! For more information on how you can help us you may contact us directly here.

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


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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.


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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A Full House

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.


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!!


For more info on resolution:



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.

Memories from Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Names Dr.Patel Honorary Member

Yet another testament to his ever-reaching efforts, our chairman Dr. Vipul Patel now joins the ranks of historical scholars Bernoulli, Pavlov and Watson… to name few.

On June 13, 2012 he was inducted as an Honorary Member into the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) as he continues to gain the recognition of the global scientific community. Founded by Peter the Great, the RAS works with goals parallel to those of Dr. Patel as they focus on providing comprehensive assistance to scientific research and development while strengthening links between science and education.

Election to membership is strongly based upon scientific contributions and such membership is attributed with high prestige. With a select 500 foreign members inducted from inception (1724) until now, the addition of Dr. Vipul Patel is one to be held in high regard.

Many of the RAS foreign members are Nobel Prize Laureates such as Ivan Pavlov (1904) and Lev Landau in Physics (1962), James Watson in Medicine (1962), and Ernest Rutherford the Father of Nuclear Physics (1908). Benjamin Franklin was also the first American to be inducted into RAS. As Director of the Global Robotics Institute and Director of Urology Oncology at Florida Hospital Celebration Health, Patel promises to be a prominent figure in such company.

Vipul Patel has been credited with changing the landscape of prostate cancer care. To date, he has completed over 5,500 robotic prostatectomies. In 2008, he and his team formed and trained the Russian robotic surgery team, performing the first robotic prostatectomy in Russia. Further accomplishments include publishing sentinel papers on the management and outcome of prostate cancer, founding the Society of Robotic Surgeons, and creating the non-profit initiative known as the International Prostate Cancer Foundation. Vipul Patel places great emphasis on the education of surgeons and patients globally. With the International Prostate Cancer Foundation he focuses on three goals: Education, Screening and Research. His mission is to create enough momentum focused on men’s health to result in eradication of the disease.

Dr. Monica Reed, Administrator of Florida Hospital Celebration Health expresses the following: “Dr. Patel has been a valuable example to all of us and has continued to inspire us with his dedication to the field. Central Floridians are so fortunate to have such a skilled surgeon in this community.”

Thankful for the recognition, Patel affirms that the honor of being inducted into the Russian Academy of Sciences is a direct reflection of his mission and future endeavors.

RAS Members of Mention
Daniel Bernoulli – Bernoulli’s Equation
Ivan Pavlov – Conditional Reflex
James Watson – Discovered DNA Strucure
Michael DeBakey – Heart Surgery Pioneer