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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 our audience.

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 her session.

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. 


Thomas Kirk
President & CEO
Us TOO International 

Thomas Kirk

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