2013 Genitourinary Cancer Symposium in Orlando, FL – Day 0

Well, I’m checked in at my hotel here in Orlando and I have gone through the three day program and read the Day One issue of the Symposium newspaper – all 28 pages. It’s going to be a great conference with many of the best and brightest minds in the cancer battle at the conference to talk about their research results and successes. The first day and a half of the three-day conference is devoted exclusively to prorate cancer. Which, as a 10-year prostate cancer survivor, I find really encouraging. There is, however, a little (more than a little) irony to be found here already. The Expert Editorial in the Day One conference Daily News is titled “The Role of Active Surveillance for Localized Prostate Cancer: Reducing Overtreatment, Improving Quality of Life.” The article’s central theme once again beats the drum of PSA screening resulting in too much unnecessary treatment. The author notes that “Such stage migration [early detection – my parenthetical insert here] has resulted in the number of diagnoses far outnumbering the number of lethal cases (i.e., over diagnosis of those cancers that would never progress or cause harm to the patient if left untreated). I guess this […] read more

Pony Express Riders in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Carrying the Prostate Cancer Awareness Message Prostate Cancer Pony Express riders Randy Moeller and Master Sergeant Gerald Krause visited the Wyoming state house last June during the 2011 Prostate Cancer Pony Express. Cheyenne station KGAB, AM 650, reported on the event for the folks in Cheyenne. Listen to the radio interview here. RADIO INTERVIEW. The 2013 Prostate Cancer Pony Express will assemble in Staunton, Virginia August 9 and 10, and ride to the Capitol in Washington, DC on Monday, August 11th. read more

How Prostate Cancer Therapies Compare by Cost and Effectiveness

Have you ever wondered about the cost of treating prostate cancer? Most of us don’t, but it turns out there is a fairly large cost difference between surgery and radiation therapy. A medical research team at the University of California, San Francisco (USCF) recently published a cost analysis comparison. The study looked at the cost to the medical care system “for every year of life gained, with adjustments for complications and side effects of treatment.” The study found only slight variations in terms of survival for men with low-risk prostate cancer, but radiation therapy was significantly more expensive for low-risk prostate cancer than surgery. The study also found that “for intermediate- and high-risk cancer, both survival and cost generally favored surgery over other forms of treatment.” Matthew Cooperberg, M.D., M.P.H, led the study. Read the press release here: PRESS RELEASE Read the study here: FULL STUDY Do you have your free prostate cancer early detection tool? If you don’t have a prostate cancer early detection tool, there will never be a better day to have one than today. Just click the icon below. ProstateTracker is free, anonymous, and will alert you if you have a rising PSA (prostate specific antigen) […] read more

How to Win the Spare Tire War

150 lb. and 22% Body Fat. How Can This Be? This is the year for me to get back on track with my eating habits. If you are feeling the same way, follow this blog, because we are going to take a yearlong trip through all of the diet recommendations and fads we can find. The goal is to develop a food program that will keep our taste buds happy and our waistlines in top form. As many of you know – and some don’t – I’m a 10-year prostate cancer survivor who’s goal is to be the longest living prostate cancer survivor when the Grim Reaper finally drags me over the finish line – kicking and screaming. Ha! I have just two tools within my personal control to help me reach that goal: what I eat and the exercise program I follow. [Well, there’s a third, but we’ll talk about that in a later post.] Can Nutrition Books Really Help? We’re going to find out over the next 12 months. I just read the first chapters of Knives over Forks and I love the Egyptian proverb introducing Chapter 1: “A quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The […] read more

New PCAP Cycling Jersey

This is an image of our 2013 jersey design. read more

How to Eat Like Your Life Depends on It – Because it Does!

The Motorcycle Gourmet – Post #1 Welcome to the first post by the Motorcycle Gourmet. Motorcycle and Gourmet don’t seem to go together, but we’ll just see how things turn out. My food life has run the gamut from an entire year eating Army c-rations, to the Tour d’Argent in Paris, and just about everything in between. My mark of a good restaurant generally is a white table cloth but I’ve had great food from street vendors in Katmandu and Abidjan to traditional diners during my cross-US motorcycle ride for prostate cancer in 2010. But, was it good for me? So I really like good food but what we generally think of as great food literally can kill you. in some of my previous posts at ThePCAP blog, I’ve shown my cholesterol scores that reflect the rise and fall based on how much meat and dairy products I’ve had in my diet. What does this matter? Well, I’m a prostate cancer survivor and research has shown a direct connection between the consumption of meat and daily products and prostate cancer. I’m now a 10-year prostate cancer survivor and 10 years is the window where my prostate cancer will recur if […] read more

Robert’s 6-month PSA Report – PSA Good, Cholesterol Bad

I have a Family History of Cancer Risk If you follow this blog, you know that I am just a few weeks short of being a 10-year prostate cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in December 2002, shortly after I learned that my older sister was going into surgery for pancreatic cancer. Looking at my family history revealed that both my father and mother, lifelong smokers, died of lung cancer and lung cancer-related disease. Reduce your Risk with ProstateTracker I was lucky that my prostate cancer was detected early when is was very treatable. I’m just about to hit my 10-year survival anniversary and I owe those years to an accidental discovery of my prostate cancer. But 30,000 men every year aren’t that lucky and die of prostate cancer. We all give back to society in some fashion and my giveback is the creation of ProstateTracker; a simple tool that provides men with prostate cancer a way of detecting it as its earliest stages when it is treatable. ProstateTracker is free and anonymous. Men (or their significant others) create an account, enter the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test data and ProstateTracker plots the values and shows if these is a rise, […] read more

Will Your Prostate Cancer Recur after Surgery?

Will Your Prostate Cancer Recur after Surgery? by Robert Warren Hess If you have prostate cancer and you have your prostate removed (radical prostatectomy), can your cancer return?  If it does return, are there treatment options available? These are questions men ask when they are faced with making a decision about prostate cancer treatment. Unfortunately, the answer to the first question is “yes” while an affirmative to the second question is (fortunately) a positive sign. If you are faced with making a treatment decision about prostate cancer that involves prostatectomy, it’s a good idea to learn all you can about the procedure and other cancer treatments so you can be prepared to tackle a possible return of your prostate cancer. Chances Prostate Cancer Will Recur Overall, a man who has undergone prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer has a 10 to 30 percent chance of experiencing prostate cancer recurrence during his lifetime. Among these cases of recurrence, about half happen during the first three years after prostatectomy, another 30 percent occur from years 3 to 5 post-prostatectomy, and about 19 percent happen after year 5. Some experts say the figure of recurrence is even higher. Why Prostate Cancer May Return Prostatectomy as […] read more

The One Big Mac I Can Live With

I recently received an email from a colleague asking me about the Mac Air I purchased last year. I zipped an email off to him and I thought I would share my comments with anyone that might be interested. I had never used anything but a PC until about six years ago when my business partner convinced me to trade my Sony laptop for a MacBook Pro. I did and I must say that I’ve been very happy since then, although Macs do get that spinning wheel of death just like PCs. But, the question on the table is about my MacAir – which I love. But first, here’s my entire package . . I live in California but spend a fair amount of time working in Virginia where my family and grandchildren live. Since I’m a consultant, I can work from anywhere, so I would throw my 5 pound Macbook Pro into my briefcase and hit the road. But, no more! A month ago, my old Macbook Pro hit retirement age (5.8 years) and I replaced it with with a 21.5″ iMac for work in the office.  I love it!  I use with another 21″ external monitor, so I […] read more

What It’s Really Like to Care for a Cancer Patient

This blog is about prostate cancer, but having any kind of cancer, whether you are the survivor or the care giver, is a major challenge. Below is our first guest writer post talking about his experience in caring for his wife during her cancer experience. I hope his story will help some of you in your own journeys. What It’s Really Like to Care for a Cancer Patient I never really talked about what life was like after my wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma. She sometimes tells me she can’t even imagine how I managed to cope with the situation of being a caregiver. That is why I hope I can express what I experienced during that time. Right before she was diagnosed with cancer, approximately three months prior, she gave birth to our first and only child, Lily. We barely had enough time to celebrate Lily’s birth before the doctor told us about her diagnoses. The only thing I remember about that day was looking at my wife while she was crying and thinking, “What am I going to do?” I’ve never been in a situation like this before, and I never really considered that it could happen to […] read more