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.
CPDR WEEKLY SEMINAR
Alagarsamy Srinivasan, PhD
Assistant Director, BSRP
Presentation: "Liquid Biopsy in Prostate Cancer"
Date: April 28, 2017
Time: 11:00 am -12:00 pm
Location: CPDR, Rockville, MD
2nd floor conference room
Guest Speaker Program
Dr. Robert Dean
Director of Andrology
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Presentation: “Prostate Cancer Survivorship: Sexual Health Therapies”
Date: Thursday 4 May 2017
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (America Building, 2nd floor, Room 2525) and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (via video teleconference in Oaks Pavilion, 1st floor, Room 332).
A military ID card is required to get on base at Walter Reed. Attendees without a military ID need to call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least 4 business days in advance to complete paperwork for gate access approval. Also bring some form of picture identification at the gate.
Read the May 2017 WRNMMC UsToo! Newsletter
Read the April 2017 CPDR E-Newsletter
April 7, 2017
Highlights at the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) multi-disciplinary team - together with collaborators - presented 8 abstracts in moderated poster presentations at the American Association of Cancer Researchers Annual Meeting, April 1-5, 2016, Wasahington, DC. The team was co-led by Dr. Shiv Srivastava, CPDR Co-Director and Professor in the Department of Surgery at USU and WRNMMC and Dr. Albert Dobi, Associate Director, CPDR and Research Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery , USU and WRNMMC.
Autoantibodies against oncogenic ERG protein in prostate cancer: potential use in diagnosis and prognosis in a panel with C-MYC, AMACR and HERV-K Gag
Genes Cancer. 2016 Nov;7(11-12):394-413. doi: 10.18632/genesandcancer.126.
Re: Inherited DNA-repair Gene Mutations in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Eur Urol. 2017 Jan 5. pii: S0302-2838(16)30922-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2016.12.018. [Epub ahead of print]