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PALO ALTO, Calif. – May 10, 2007 – James F. Girand, a prostate cancer survivor announced a new web site, www.prostatecancerpatients.org, is now available, to inform and educate prostate cancer patients so they can take charge of the illness and deal more effectively with their doctor before choosing their treatment. The site does not recommend treatments.

“One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime,” said James F. Girand.  “In fact, 230,000 men will be diagnosed this year, and 27,000 will die from it. It is more than twice as prevalent as cancer of the colon or bladder. Detected early, prostate cancer is 100% curable so, this is very vital information men and women should have”.

Girand elaborated “There are many sources that discuss prostate cancer but none that combine both the physician’s knowledge and the experiences of survivors. This site, which is arranged by subject within the whole area of prostate cancer, has survivor stories and excerpts from Dr. Peter Scardino’s Prostate Book by Peter Scardino and Judith Kellman, Penguin Group and, the Report to the Nation by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. So, the prostate cancer patient can find in one place, discussion of such subjects as biopsy, diagnosis, Gleason rating and treatments as well as subsets of these subjects from both the perspective of the survivor and the knowledge of these noted urologists. There are also links to support forums and a glossary of terms. Armed with this information the man diagnosed with prostate cancer is better able to discuss the aspects of his disease with the doctor and then choose the best treatment. When the site matures my goal is for this source of information to be the first stop for men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer”.

Dr. Peter Carroll, Chairman Department of Urology, University of California San Francisco Hospital stated “…Prostate cancer has a profound effect on society, but importantly on the individual lives it touches.  Never before have we been as well positioned to better diagnose and treat this disease. Great medical care combined with informed patients and families are the most important weapons in our battle with prostate cancer. I am pleased to see a new resource available to men concerned about prostate cancer. Specifically, James Girand has created the web site www.prostatecancerpatients.org where he has brought together survivor stories and expert opinions of urologists to discuss various aspects of prostate cancer. After exploring this site men will be better informed and educated about prostate cancer so they can choose the best treatment...” In addition, Dr. Stuart Holden, Director, Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Medical Director, Prostate Cancer Foundation observed "......Prostate cancer is a complicated disease and treatments can be best implemented when the patient is totally informed of all aspects affecting him. He needs to gather as much information as possible and educate himself. By bringing expert opinions and survivor stories in one place men can make the initial steps to take charge of their illness.
www.prtostatecancerpatients.org has those resources and can help men become more informed about their disease....."! In addition, Dr. Peter Scardino, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center stated “…. To make informed decisions, men with prostate cancer need sound input and comprehensive, comprehensible advice."

About James F. Girand

James F. Girand is a consultant and investor in high technology companies. He is also a world ranked duathlete and a former age group National Duathlon Champion. Mr. Girand was diagnosed with an aggressive from of prostate cancer in August 2006. He spent the next two months meeting with luminary urologists at the major medical centers. On October 24th Mr. Girand had a radical prostatectomy at the University of California San Francisco, performed by Dr. Peter Carroll, Chair of the Urology Department. He has had three follow up PSA tests, which show his PSA is undetectable.