Funny Man Ben Stiller: Prostate cancer test ‘saved my life’

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Actor Ben Stiller revealed on Tuesday he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014. The tumor was surgically removed three months later, in September 2014, and Stiller has been cancer-free since.

Stiller shared the news on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, and in an essay posted online.

According to Stiller, it was the prostate-specific antigen test, a blood test known as the PSA, that saved his life. He was tested and treated in his 40s.

To Read More at Cnn.com Click Here!   Be sure to check out the infographics below to see what risk factors affect you!

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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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Prostate Cancer Research is the focus of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostic in November

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We are always happy to see Prostate Cancer Research make it into the public forum. And this month we are proud to say our board member Ranjan J. Perera, is leading groundbreaking research in Putative Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer Detection. IPCF is proud to say, last year we awarded a grant to the Sanford-Burnham Institute for Medical Research, which resulted in this landmark research for prostate cancer biomarkers.

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related death in males. While much work has been done in the realm of prostate cancer diagnosis there is still no agreement on a single diagnostic marker to be used for definitive diagnosis. Markers that are frequently used as diagnostic tools of prostate cancer include PSA and PCA3. Both markers however have limitations. PSA may lead to certain confusing situations when some other diseases such as inflammation (prostatitis) or benign prostate hyperplasia can provoke the same degree of PSA changes.  PCA3 as a urine marker was recently introduced in wide clinical practice. Although it is proven to exclude prostate cancer, the overall value of this test is limited to predict aggressive nature of the disease. This leaves room for improvement in the detection of prostate cancer.

In this collaborative study done at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and Global Robotics Institute six main genes are searched in as a potential diagnostic tools to improve the diagnosis and risk stratification of prostate cancer. These are small molecules of RNA (ribonucleotide acids) that can play a crucial role in cancer development and progression. These molecules can be found in prostate tissue as well as in urine or blood.

The study consisted of 3 parts. The first one compared the level of this molecular gene information between healthy versus cancerous prostate tissue from laboratory-produced prostate cancer cells. The second analysis included a comparative measurement of these molecules from biopsy tissue of patients with and without prostate cancer. The third one performed an analysis of urine samples for these molecules between normal and cancerous patients. What was found was that these RNA structures were found in significantly increased levels in all cancer groups in comparison to the non-cancerous groups.

The initial results of this study demonstrated the promising value of newly discovered gene molecules as additional diagnostic tools that can be detected in tissue, blood and urine.  We can combine the use of these markers with additional parameters such as PSA and PCA3 to increase the accuracy of diagnosing prostate cancer. Additional studies may be carried out to further evaluate the utility of these markers.

To download the full article click here, and download from the right hand side of the page.

Grow that ‘Stache!

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It’s that time of year again, time for men everywhere to grow their mustache in support of men’s health! We continue to fulfill our foundation mission to educate by creating awareness and honoring the survivors that give their time to our cause!

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This year, we sponsored the #MagicMustache Night held by Orlando Magic and Florida Hospital. On November 1, 2014, survivors and supporters alike joined together to spread the word about prostate cancer. Founder Dr. Vipul Patel and board member Oscar Robertson hosted a pre-game reception, a half time presentation, and tribute to the prostate cancer survivors in attendance.

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Social Media and Television helped us spread the word and create a buzz. Fox Sports interviewed Oscar during Pre-Game, and you can see they had a little mustache fun on air! Live tweets and other social media posts were fed live on the center court screen throughout the evening.

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With over 15,000 attendees, the night was a great success, educating and honoring the community and survivors! Let’s keep this momentum going throughout the month of November. If you haven’t already grown your mustache , then get started! Create your own social media campaign among your friends and colleagues, after all it’s for a great cause.

We encourage you this month to grow that mustache and Share it to our Facebook page! Don’t forget the hash tag. #magicmustache

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.

 

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.

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.