Summer’s Rushing By While Some Things Stand Wonderfully Still

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, with Home Run Challenge, Father’s Day and the 4th of July Holiday. I know I’ve been quiet lately–partially catching my breath after an exhilarating Home Run Challenge that has raised more than $1 million (and counting) to support much needed research to protect our fathers and sons, and placing [...]

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HRC Update: 67 Home Runs, $800,000 to Date

Heading into Father’s Day, it’s not too late to join the fun and help Keep Dad in the Game. Every 10 cent pledge and every home run is making a difference in our fight against prostate cancer. After just three days of counting home runs for the 18th Annual Home Run Challenge, Major League Baseball [...]

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Hitting ‘Em Out of the Park Against Prostate Cancer

Baseball isn’t always all about peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Sometimes it’s about saving lives. The 18th Annual Home Run Challenge (HRC) is upon us this week. The program, run by the Prostate Cancer Foundation with Major League Baseball has, in the past 17 years, done much to change how patients diagnosed with prostate cancer today [...]

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There… I Said It!

It’s funny how a simple Facebook post got me to finally say “survivor” after all this time. A few weeks ago, I published an entry talking about how I believed I was finally nearing a point where I would be comfortable applying the term survivor to myself. When and how a patient chooses to use [...]

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Another Brother is Gone, Leaving a Legacy for All

Heroes may slip from our realms, but they are never forgotten. Nearly two years ago, I wrote of the Embrace of the Brotherhood. In it, I described an afternoon I spent with two fellow patients and spoke of how, through mutual concern and caring, men with prostate cancer bond. I wrote:  An embrace from a fellow [...]

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How 17 Genes Can Change a Man’s World

Yesterday’s launch of a new test that identifies a unique 17-gene signature indicative of aggressive prostate cancer opens the door to a whole new world for patients. Sometimes we are so busy looking forward to the future that we fail to see it has arrived. Genomic Health’s introduction of a new test (Oncogene DX) can [...]

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Taking the Wheel Back as Cancer Loosens Its Grip

Scrolling through the men’s prostate cancer page on Facebook today, I realized that cancer can take a back seat. Those who have followed my musings through the past three years will know I have written, from many angles, about the gripping fear that cancer can impart on our lives. Fear of not responding to treatment [...]

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Hope to Pass Along

Whether newly-diagnosed or further along in the journey of advanced disease, this new video from Movember gives hope to prostate cancer patients and families. The folks at Movember never cease to amaze me. First they manage to turn the act of growing mustaches into funding  for medical research. Then they turn it into a global [...]

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Cancer Centers Racing to Map Patients’ Genes

Sunday’s New York Times Headline Underscores the Promise of Precision Oncology Sitting on the inside of the research enterprise, it can be easy to forget that many folks might not have heard of, much less understand, precision medicine or precision oncology. In the simplest of terms, the ability to map the genes of cancer patients [...]

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We Are All Fragile. We Are All Vulnerable to Life.

This week’s bombing in Boston reminds us that our place on earth is temporal. The horrific news out of Boston represents one of those moments that most of us will remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I know I was packing house to move to the Netherlands [...]

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