CPDR Patient Education Program
Central to the CPDR Patient Education Program is the educational and counseling services provided to patients and their families by the Patient Educator, Jane Hudak, RN, PhD. At the Multi-disciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic, she provides newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients and their families with invaluable information essential to understanding their disease and making an informed decision about their cancer treatment as well as emotional support to facilitate their adjustment to their cancer diagnosis.
The Patient Educator also provides extensive (4-5 hour) individual, couple or small-group preoperative counseling sessions for patients (and their families) scheduled to undergo a radical retropubic prostatectomy or robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. These comprehensive sessions coach the patient and their families through the preoperative and postoperative phases of the surgery thereby facilitating their surgical recovery as well as emotional recovery. The counseling sessions are also another venue in which participation in research studies at CPDR is addressed. Another vital component of the Patient Education Program for prostatectomy patients is the Battle Buddy Program initiated in 2006. This program matches patients scheduled for a prostatectomy with "veteran" prostatectomy patients who volunteer to contact the new patient throughout their surgical experience to provide guidance and support as needed. CPDR has about 50 volunteer Battle Buddies. Approximately fifty percent of our prostatectomy patients each year (40-50) choose to be involved in the Battle Buddy Program.
The Patient Educator also provides individualized educational and counseling services to patients in the Prostate Cancer Recurrence Clinic. She provides the patients and their families with information about the various treatment options and resources with which to make an informed treatment decision as well as resources to help them cope with their progressing disease and the opportunities to participate in clinical research studies.
July 20, 2015
CPDR's GHI publication is featured in the latest MDLinx "Best of Oncology"
MDLinx has featured publication by Dr. Jennifer Cullen, et al., titled: A biopsy-based 17-gene genomic prostate score predicts recurrence after radical prostatectomy and adverse surgical pathology in a racially diverse population of men with clinically low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer, listed as best of oncology.
Quarterly Guest Speaker
Dr. Stephen Lewis
Radiation Oncologist, WRNMMC
Presentation: "Cancer 101: Understanding Emerging Therapies in 2015"
(Discussion of new treatments in radiation therapy and other modalities including immunotherapies and targeted agents for many cancers).
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: WRNMMC, America Building, 2nd floor, Room 2525
Contact: COL (ret) Jane Hudak for more information at 301-319-2918 or
April 21, 2014
Biological and Genomic Differences of ERG Oncoprotein-Stratified Prostate Cancers from African and Caucasian Americans
March 30, 2014
CytoTest and Uniformed Services University’s Center for Prostate Disease Research enter into CRADA to advance cancer diagnosis and prognosis
Read the May 2015 WRNMMC UsToo! Newsletter