The mission of this organization and site is to make a difference in the fight to eradicate prostate cancer. By providing information from survivors not collectively available anywhere else we will arm men with knowledge who are or may be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Then, they can take charge of dealing with their illness, consult their urologist and choose the best approach to deal with prostate cancer.
Letter From The Founder
Why should you be interested in the contents of this web site dedicated to providing men information so they will be more informed about how to deal with prostate cancer?
Photograph taken by Michael Glover, UCSF Medical Center
James Girand with Dr. Peter R. Carroll, MD and Chair Department of Urology U.C.S.F. Medical Center; recognizing Mr. Girand winning the age group gold medal at the Olympic Distance World Duathlon Championship, Ottawa, CN, August 2013, seven years after successful radical prostatectomy.
Early in this process I recognized prostate cancer treatment would be based around a relationship - not a transaction. Since my radical prostatectomy October 21, 2006, PSAT tests were conducted every three or four months. Results were 'undetectable' until late 2009, when an elevation began. I had 34 radiation treatments coupled with lupron. Nearly, four years hence my PSA values have been undetectable. The point of this snapshot summary is Dr. Peter Carroll remains vigilant and involved overseeing my care. The stark truth is, even with a 'radical' and radiation latent cancer cells may very well remain in my pelvis. Knowing I have a long term history and ongoing care from a superior Medical Center are not only gratifying but the best defense against an uncertain future. I urge every man, when choosing your urologist, to do so with the understanding you will probably be in his/her care the rest of your life.......!
I am pleased to report, after more than seven years, Prostatecancerpatients.org has surpassed 25,000 views….!! I would like to think this site is making a difference in the epic struggle against a very deadly disease and those visiting are better prepared to choose the best treatment of their prostate issues. Perhaps arguably, this site must be the most visited for those seeking guidance on how to deal with prostate cancer. Thank you for your loyalty and support.
“…...Fellow prostate cancer survivors and those still fighting that dread disease.
This week I had a PSA test, exactly ten years from the date of my radical prostatectomy. After undergoing Lupron and radiation in early 2010, I started six month reviews by Dr. Alex Gottschalk and, by the grace of God, consistently had an ‘undetectable PSA’. The most recent test followed the same pattern - ‘undetectable’. Now, I will move to annual exams, always vigilant those latent cancer cells present in my pelvis, remain just that - latent.
At the risk of being misunderstood, I take great pride in the service this informational website has provided to men and supporting partners with answers to questions they may not have yet discovered. As I preached from the very beginning, all men must be ‘proactive’ when they reach 40’s and 50’s by getting an annual high sensitive PSA test and, identifying a top urologist at a major medical center who will help monitor the results and unusual changes in the values.
During the past ten years more than 29,000 people have chosen to come to this site and search the contents. Numerous conversations have enabled me to guide those concerned men to an imminent urologist. I thank all of you for enabling me to be of some service in this life or death struggle.
Now - my work is done….!! I hope someone will pick up the ‘mantle’ and go forward offering information to men and guide them to getting an examination by a professional. Advances are occurring everyday, helping all of us to have better odds of survival.
God bless each of you……….!!