Is there ever a convention for guys like us?

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Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd be willing to go and perhaps hear some lectures, shown some films, talk to some drug reps, listen to a few doctors and meet so many of the good people on this site.  I have no organizatonal skills (you ought to see my basement) so if there is someone out there who can pull this off, chime in.  A few days away with some golf or organized activities would do us a whole lot of good.  Leakers are invited. Winter stinks in my part of the country and I long for calm, warm breezes.  I'm even willing to cut the grass or run a weed-eater.  Any thoughts?

Oh, Tony

You're in Vegas.  Whaddya say, my friend.

 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas

Post Edited (ralph alfalfa) : 12/12/2008 7:41:56 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 72
   Posted 12/13/2008 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
about the first of Sept each year the Prostate Cancer Research Institute has a convention. I went this past September in Los Angeles. It was very good. Some of the leading docs spoke. Some nutrionalists spoke. Drug reps had a trade show. You could interact with other guys. USTOO had support group meetings. There were over 800 people there.
You can learn more about it at their website. Just Google their name for links. They have links to past programs and links to lectures that were given. I found out about it because my doc was one of the speakers.
I am sure there are more like it out there. Other guys will probably know of more.
It definitely gave me a whole new positive outlook knowing there are many options and ways to get help.
And yup! We all had to hurry off to the restroom a lot! I was still wearing pads then so leakers were ok!  tongue   

Don't get discouraged!!
Diagnosed Feb 2008  54 years old
3+4=7 gleason
7.5 PSA
4 out of 20 biopsies were cancerous
daVinci Robotic surgery July 24, 2008
Univ of Calif San Francisco Med Center  Dr Peter Carroll
In hospital 2 nights altho I had option of leaving the next day but stayed due to distance home.
Contained in prostate, not spread
Six weeks post surgery PSA less than .01

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 12/13/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Bob

For the lastcouple of years the geat people at Duke University Medical Center haveut a conference for professionals, doctors nurses etc and for lay people, patients, wives, family members. They have the leading experts in the field of prostate cancer talking about this disease, trends, treatments. I went this year and found it very informative and met a lot of great people both patients and doctors. I don't think they have a date for 2009. But they have been in the fall for the last couple of years. Go to the Duke Medical Center web site and check on it next year. It has been organized by Dr. Judd Moul, my doctor,and he could tell you if they are planning one for 2009. Hope this helps.

age at dx 54 now 56
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
Got a shot last week and it was great
A year an a half of zero's

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 12/13/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Bob,

There are many different medical summits and conventions.  They can be a bit cumbersome if you haven't learned some of the medical jargon.  For local gatherings with prostate cancer patients I recommend and US Too chapter near you (  I would recommend also supporting local efforts for prostate cancer awareness.  A convention for us all to meet would be nice.  But we don't really have one as patients.  My next convention for PCa is the American Urologists Association (AUA) summit in Chicago in May.  Something else may pop up but the AUA is next.  Below I posted the link that links you to the best set of presentations I have seen to date.

Presentations from the Prostate Cancer Foundation Scientific Retreat ~ Click Here!


Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
You can visit my Journey at:

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/13/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I still like the Idea of a non sponsored convention where we all jus book a 4 day weekend in mexico and drink in the poolbar where pads are not required. YEE_HAW.
Age at dx: 42 age now 45
Treated for sciatic nerve pain 6 months prior to dx.
Heavy amount of blood in urine Unable to urinate 
Lung x-ray for pnumonia revealed multiple lesions in each lung
P.S.A. at time of dx. 3216.14
Began lupron and casodex
Cat scan showed large mass in the pelvic area affecting the bladder multiple nodules in both lungs and lymph node envolvement.
Bone scan revealed possible bone involvment in the pelvic area
Biopsy 12 of 12 cores positive gleason 3+4=7
P.S.A.s since lupron 2946, 1274, 532, 5.01 1.23, .09
Begining jan 08 psa .o9, .25, .44, .86, .73, 1.34, 1.49. Doubling time is a little over 3 months

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