July 28, 2011
Friends and Supporters of Us TOO,
I am very excited and wanted to let you know that our Us TOO
University Friday morning session, “Medical Update Panel: Exciting Developments
in Research & Practice” will feature a group of great presenters.
Us TOO’s Immediate Past Board Chairman & Board Member
Emeritus Jim Kiefert will moderate the panel which will feature Dr. Tia Higano
from the University of Washington, Department of Medicine. Dr. Higano will
provide an overview of new treatments in development. She will be followed by
the LTC Jeffrey C. Leggit who will represent the CDMRP and the Prostate Cancer
Research Program at the DOD. He will deliver a briefing on the program’s
scientific accomplishments and the important role of the Consumer Reviewer. As
you may know this program is the highest priority for Us TOO and the role of
Consumer Reviewer is something many Us TOO volunteers are actively doing. If
time permits Jim Kiefert will speak about that as well.
The panel will also include Dr. Jim Mohler’s comments on the
NCCN Prostate Cancer Treatment Guidelines. Issues of Active Surveillance and
the newly approved treatments for Advanced Disease are addressed in the latest
version of the Guidelines. Both topics I am sure will be of great interest to
Later that day, I am sure you will be thrilled to hear from
Shelley Imholte, who is preparing a very useful session with materials for you
to take home on psychosocial issues such as Communication, Listening
Techniques, Sexuality and Sexual Identity Challenges resulting from prostate
cancer and more. I have heard from several support group members what a great
resource Shelley is and I am truly excited by what she has shared with us about
On Saturday, I am really looking forward to hearing from a
motivational lunch speaker Chuck Gallagher, who has also wrestled with his own
prostate cancer. In our briefing calls we have had with him he has walked the
walk and has become a resource for many just as you have done in your lives.
I also have to say, that the Us TOO Board of Directors are
working hard to prepare as well and we not only want to share what we have been
doing to “team” more with you, but we also are excited to hear from you about
the future direction of Us TOO…so please join us if you can!
If you have not yet registered, please do so…sessions like
this and a great deal of time to share with fellow support group members should
make for a great meeting. See you soon I hope.
President & CEO
Us TOO International