The PCAP rides with George Hincapie!

Prostate Cancer Circle the World Cycling Jersey The Inaugural Malibu Gran Fondo Kicks Off Tomorrow By Robert Warren Hess Tomorrow I reduce the number of miles until I earn my Around the World Mileage Challenge Jersey by 90 miles, leaving me just 200 to go before I have covered 24,601.6l3 miles it takes to ride around the earth at the equator. [Click this link to see how You can earn one too!] Cycling is one of The PCAP’s major prostate cancer awareness programs and I try to get to as many rides as I can. Cycling is a great way to meet guys and gals and talk about the importance of annual prostate cancer testing in a relaxed, one-on-one basis. And, it’s a great way to reduce your prostate cancer risk. Who would have thought? And guess what! Big George Hincapie is riding with us! Very cool! I always drive my Honda Element with the prostate cancer awareness wrap. If you see it, please say hello. If you can tell me your two most recent PSA (prostate specific antigen) numbers you’ll score a free pair of very cool cycling socks. Enjoy your ride! read more

Life after Your Prostate Cancer Diagnosis – What Does it Mean to You?

How Has Your Life Changed After Your Prostate Cancer Diagnosis? The focus and the meaning my life changed following my prostate cancer diagnosis almost 11 years ago. And I believe that most us survivors have experienced similar changes and have stories to tell that might help the men following in our footsteps. In my decade of prostate cancer survivorship, I’ve read hundreds of articles and studies on prostate cancer, but almost all of them focused on the statistical aspects of prostate cancer, not how prostate cancer impacts peoples lives. Our Opportunity to Tell Our Stories I was recently contacted by Carol Brady, a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University who is undertaking a research study to understand the changes that take place in our lives. If you would like to be part of this important study, you can contact Ms. Brady at Please read Ms. Brady’s proposal below. I hope you’ll join up! Here’s Ms. Brady’s Proposal to Us Though there has been substantial research on meaning in life in general, and a small number of studies have explored meaning making in cancer patients and survivors, the literature has focused almost exclusively on either women or other types of cancer such as breast and […] read more

Why Knowing Your PSA Score is Critical

prostate cancer early detection system A Close Call I received this email this afternoon, and it is another reminder of how we guys always think we’re invincible. We just don’t think about prostate cancer. “Robert — back in 2012 I was lucky enough to win the KOM in my age category and you kindly arranged to ship me my winner’s jersey.  (I missed the race in 2013 because of business travel.)  Wearing the jersey will now have additional meaning for me because I recently learned that I have prostate cancer.  I’m 60 years old, my Gleason is 6, PSA is 2.5, and the biopsy revealed cancer in only 30% of the cells in only one of twelve places.  So, after consulting with doctors, I’m electing for active surveillance for the indefinite future.  If the cancer worsens then I’ll make a treatment decision.    I have to admit I never gave prostate cancer a thought before I spoke to you briefly after the ride in 2012, and when I wore the jersey in 2013 I still never inferred any possibility that prostate cancer could affect me.  Ironic, yes? When the doctor starting talking to me about prostate cancer it was only because of my conversation with […] read more

Why the Christmas Holidays are Important to Me

PCAP logo with Christmas hat Why Christmas is Special to Me by Robert Warren Hess It’s Christmas Eve here in Manhattan Beach, California. Our tree is finished. The gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. My wife will be home from work in half an hour, and in just two more hours our California family will begin spilling into the house – I’ve already Skyped (new word) with my family in Virginia who are well into their celebrations. The Christmas season is one of the great moments of the year for me. Despite the frantic rush to find that perfect gift, it is a special time when families get together and share joy within the framework of that “Higher Power,” whatever the belief may be. I love Thanksgiving, but Christmas holds a special place for me because so many of the very special people in my life love this holiday, and each of them lent me their strength when I needed it during my prostate cancer treatment just over 10 years ago. Their strength and love got me through my rough time and convinced me to create the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project to help the men and families following in my footsteps. So today […] read more

Prostate Cancer Regimens – What are They and When are They Used?

We receive many questions about prostate cancer chemotherapy, which treatments are used and their sequence. The Chemotherapy Advisor website has a good summary and detail descriptions available for download. Happy Holidays! The PCAP Team read more

What’s the Real Cost of Eating Healthy?

Picture of man with groceries One of the key elements in surviving and preventing prostate cancer is what we eat. Here’s a very interesting piece on the Huffington Post about the real cost of eating health: It looks like an apple a day is a pretty good deal! Be sure and activate your free prostate cancer early detection tool at Do it right now! read more

Can Coffee Prevent Prostate Cancer Recurrence? A New Study Suggests the Answer is Yes!

Dr. Samadi discussed coffee and prostate cancer recurrence Prostate cancer recurrence is the number one search topic for people coming to the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project website and, as a 10-year prostate cancer survivor myself – prostate cancer recurrence is really important to me as well as our readers. The causes of prostate cancer still are a mystery but research is gradually revealing tactics for preventing prostate cancer and its recurrence. This past Sunday morning, Fox New’s Housecall show discussed new research showing that coffee can reduce prostate cancer recurrence. Click the Fox News Housecall image below to listen to the research results . . . read more

Prostate Cancer Pony Express Rides into Nation’s Capital

Picture of prostate cancer pony express riders in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC Prostate Cancer Pony Express Arrives at the U.S. Capitol to Increase Awareness of Prostate Cancer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, DC ( August 12, 2013 — The Prostate Cancer Pony Express will depart from the Shenandoah Valley Harley-Davidson at 9:00 am and ride to Washington, DC on Sunday, August 11, 2013. For the fourth year, riders will assemble at the President Garfield memorial in front of the U.S. Capitol building for a group portrait at 1:45 pm. This event marks the completion of the 2013 Prostate Cancer Pony Express ride organized by the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP). The PCAP, a Manhattan Beach, California non-profit with offices in Staunton and Mt. Sidney, Virginia, traveled through Staunton and Harrisonburg on August 8-10, 2013. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States, and almost 30,000 men die each year from the disease. Early detection is the single most important determinant of survival. If the cancer is found early and has not yet spread, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100%. To promote the importance of timely detection, PCAP has developed the Prostate Tracker early detection tool. PCAP’s founder and CEO, Robert Hess, is himself a survivor of […] read more

2013 Prostate Cancer Pony Express Rides the Tail of the Dragon

The Dragon Launches the 2013 Prostate Cancer Pony Express The 2013 Prostate Cancer Pony Express is officially on the way to the Capitol in Washington, DC. We arrive at the Capitol in Washington, DC on Sunday, August 11th, at 1:30 pm. Click the Prostate Cancer Pony Express assembly point in Washington, DC to see where the meet us for our annual portrait. Breakfast with the Dragon We started off with breakfast at the restaurant – biscuits and gravy because this is the South! Right? Then it was off to cruise the 318 turns on the Dragon in the rain because the weather front is huge and probably won’t finish until tomorrow. There was a light rain but virtually no wind. You can see the flag hanging straight down. It was fun riding the Dragon on Tuesday in picture perfect weather, and it was fun riding it today in the rain. It just takes a bit more concentration! Paying My Respects to Davy Crockett Davy Crockett’s birthplace is just off of Interstate 81/Highway 11 on the way to Harrisonburg so, rain or no rain, I’m going to stop by and see his birthplace. Lessons from the Prostate Cancer Pony Express I […] read more

Prostate Cancer Research Institute 2013 Annual Conference

2013 Prostate Cancer Research Institute Annual Conference There is no better place to gain information about prostate cancer than the Prostate Cancer Research Institute’s annual conference in Los Angeles. This year’s conference is September 6-8, 2013, at the Marriott Hotel right next to Los Angeles Airport. I mean you want walk from the terminals to the hotel in 15 minutes. And, you’re close to Santa Monica and the other beach cities. I attend this conference every year, and every year I learn more. If you’re a prostate cancer survivor, you should attend this conference. If you do, please let me know – – so we can link up. read more