WRNMMC UsTOO! Chapter
The WRAMC chapter of Us TOO International (now called the WRNMMC chapter), in partnership with CPDR since Aug 1991, provides education and support to military and civilian men with prostate cancer and their families through its popular monthly support group meetings. The Patient Educator and a prostate cancer survivor co-facilitate two meetings each month (a daytime and an evening group) offering approximately 25-30 patients and their families the opportunity to share with others their cancer story and to learn more about prostate cancer, various treatment modalities and issues related to post-treatment, as well as clinical research opportunities.
The WRNMMC UsTOO! chapter also hosts a quarterly Guest Speaker Program for the military and civilian community of prostate cancer patients and their families. An invited health care professional speaks to the group on important issues for men with prostate cancer. This quarterly event typically draws about 30-60 attendees. The presentations, as well as other pertinent items of interest, are published in the WRNMMC Us TOO quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to its readership of approximately 2200 men. In August 2011, as Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed and moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the newsletter became an online publication only available on the CPDR website.
To facilitate continuity of care for our prostate cancer patients (particularly during the moves to WRNMMC and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital), the CPDR e-News was expanded to a wider population of CPDR patients. The CPDR e-News is a monthly email message sent to currently 1300 patients providing updated information regarding CPDR, support groups, educational presentations and resources, and research opportunities as appropriate as well as the quarterly Us TOO newsletter.
For information about the monthly support groups at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, please contact Dr. Jane Hudak (phone: 301-319-2900)
Quarterly Guest Speakers
Dr. Philip Arlen
National Cancer Institute
Topic: "Prostate Cancer: An Overview and Update of Novel Treatment Modalities"
There have been remarkable advances in the therapy for prostate cancer over the past decade. We will be discussing these advances as well as new treatment options in clinical trials.
Date: Thursday 5 May 2016
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).
Read the MAY 2016 WRNMMC UsToo! Newsletter
February 2, 2016
CPDR Urology Residents Take Top Awards at 2016 James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar
Urology Residents conducting research at The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR), Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center presented their research at the Residents Competition category of the James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Diego, 2016.
January 11, 2016
A Novel Gene Alteration Associates with Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men
The USU, Walter Reed-Bethesda and JPC collaborative team, through comprehensive evaluations of matched cohorts of African American and Caucasian American prostate cancers, previously established a higher frequency of ERG alterations in Caucasians (50-70%) and its significantly lower frequency in African Americans (20-25%). These intriguing observations actually provided the rational for the current study focusing on whole genome evaluations of prostate cancers from these two patient populations.