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Prostate Cancer Event Series

Prostate Cancer Answers

Experts Answer Your Prostate Cancer Questions

“Whether it’s prostate cancer, or any type of cancer, when you first get that diagnosis, it can be incredibly stressful,” said oncology social worker Catherine Cassingham in a Patient Power interview.

“Everybody copes with a diagnosis differently. I think it can be really important that whatever you are experiencing, to know that that’s normal, and to then seek out support based on what you’re going through.”

Prostate Cancer Answers Now

This fall, join us as we bring together cancer patients and experts for our three-part Prostate Cancer Answers Now series, offering additional support for our prostate cancer community. These three live programs will take place in October and November and are open to all who have been affected by cancer.

Topics may include:

  • What are the early signs of prostate cancer?
  • What is the best treatment for prostate cancer?
  • What is a dangerous PSA level?
  • What does the Gleason Score mean?
  • What are the side effects of hormone therapy?
  • What are the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer?
  • What is non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (nmCRPC)?
  • What is next-generation imaging?
  • What steps can I take to be active and healthy during and after treatment?

Send your questions in advance to prostate@patientpower.info. We want to hear from you and your care partners on issues like clinical trials, screenings, blood tests, erectile dysfunction, family history, risk factors, treatment options, watchful waiting, hormone therapy and more.

We will update this page as event details are finalized.

We thank Bayer, our series sponsor, for their support.

Support for Prostate Cancer Patients

Patient advocate Gary Andrus echoes the advice of Catherine, who works at Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Connecting with other patients and experts is critical, as is sharing your experience.

When Gary was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2016, he drove a 1967 Camaro convertible to his radiation treatments, with the top down and music on. He refused to wear the standard-issue hospital gown during his appointments, opting instead for a pair of fancy boxer shorts and a t-shirt, much to the amusement of other patients in the waiting room. And he did one more thing that raised eyebrows: he talked about his cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“Most men won’t talk about prostate cancer,” Gary told Patient Power’s Andrew Schorr in an interview last year. “Women will talk about breast cancer openly, and they’ll gain the support of other women, but men get very standoffish about talking about their own prostate cancer." 

After inspiring a boxer-wearing trend at his cancer clinic, Gary also inspired his fellow patients to open up and share their experiences. He and the other men exchanged email addresses and created their own support group.

For Gary, it’s also important to keep looking forward. Asked what propels him, Gary said, “Life itself. There’s no reason to ever give up. I have too much I enjoy doing and I usually try to take the upbeat attitude, and I’m driven to enjoy everything that there is out there and there’s so much to enjoy.” 

Join us this fall for our Prostate Cancer Answers Now series.  Sign up for prostate cancer e-news for more information and to find out when registration opens.

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