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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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!

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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.

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 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.

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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Sincerely,

Vipul Patel, MD FACS

Founder, International Prostate Cancer Foundation

Medical Director, Global Robotics Institute

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IPCF PROSTATE ADVOCACY HEROES

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.

LEGISLATIVE IPCF HERO:  SENATOR NIKKI SETZLER
*Passed Legislation in South Carolina to restore PSA Screening in Men

SENATOR NIKKI SETZLER,

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE IPCF AND SENATOR FOR S. CAROLINA

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.

SCIENTIFIC IPCF HERO: DR RAJAN PERERA
*Began a Genetic Screening Initiative for Prostate Cancer

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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE IPCF AND LEAD RESEARCHER IN PROSTATE CANCER GENETICS AT THE SANFORD BURNHAM MRI

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.

PROSTATE CANCER SURVIVOR ADVOCATE IPCF HERO
MR. OSCAR ROBERTSON
*Global Patient Advocate in Educating Men about Prostate Cancer

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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER AND NBA All-Star LEGEND

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.

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IPCF MISSION: EDUCATION FOR PATIENTS AND PHYSICIANS

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.

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IPCF MISSION: GLOBAL SCREENING

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.

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IPCF MISSION: PROMOTION OF CLINICAL AND BASIC SCIENCE RESEARCH IN GENETIC TESTING

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.