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Greetings!

What a difference a month makes!

When preparing the March News You Can Use , COVID 19 was not on anyone’s mind. Now it is hard to think of anything else. This letter will direct you to some of the resources from Us TOO and our colleagues in the prostate cancer community. As usual, we’ll also provide you with a number of articles addressing the multifaceted world of prostate cancer research, treatment, and life with the disease.

Us TOO plans to serve our constituencies to the best of our ability while protecting the safety of patients, caregivers, staff, and the broader community. Us TOO staff is currently working from home in compliance with Illinois' shelter in place policy. During this time, you might experience a slight delay in response but, for the most part, business will continue as usual. Please visit our website www.ustoo.org, email ustoo@ustoo.org or call our office (630) 795-1002, or our toll-free helpline (800) 808-7866 and leave a message. 

COVID 19 and Prostate Cancer
Us TOO, in partnership with Mark A. Moyad, MD, MPH, has released three educational, scientifically rigorous, and entertaining articles:




Join a Free Prostate Cancer Livestream for Patients and Caregivers
2020 Mid-Year Update on Advanced Treatments, Radiation, and Genetic Testing featuring Dr. Mark Moyad and Dr.Mark Scholz on March 28, 2020 at 10:30AM PST. RSVP and submit questions at: https://pcri.org/#welcome.

Our colleagues at PHEN: The Prostate Health Education Network, www.prostatehealthed.org, produced The Coronavirus and Cancer Patients on March 11. The presenter is Keith Crawford, MD, PhD,Dir. Clinical Trials and Patient Education at PHEN. View the video at www.prostatehealthed.org/phen_tv_video.php?tv_id=294. Please feel free to share these articles and the video link widely . They are appropriate for both lay and professional audiences.

Us TOO Support Groups and Other Support Resources
Us TOO Support Groups across the country are responding to the pandemic according to local needs and resources, as well as CDC guidance. Some are operating virtually using phone and/or video conferences. Others have suspended operations for a period of time. The best way to find out what’s happening with any support group is to contact the Support Group Leader directly. Use this link to find a Support Group near you and contact information for its leader. https://www.ustoo.org/Support-Group-Near-You. For information on any of our support services you may contact Terri Likowski, Director of Support Services, via email, terril@ustoo.org or call her at 336-842-3578.

A Forum for Her is Us TOO’s call-in caregiver support group for the women behind the men affected by prostate cancer. The next call is scheduled for Friday, March 27 @ 4:00 CENTRAL with moderator Polly E. To register for the call, email terril@ustoo.org or call 336-842-3578. Once you register, she will get back to you with the call-in number and participant code. Please note that space is limited and the calls fill up fast. CLICK HERE for more information on A Forum for Her.

A Prostate Cancer Forum for Gay Men and Their Partners is an ongoing conference call series which provides gay men and their partners with important peer-to-peer support. For more information visit our website www.ustoo.org/forumforgaymen . To register for an upcoming call, please email terril@ustoo.org or call 336-842-3578. Once you register, she will get back to you with the call-in number and participant code.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Resources
Our colleagues at the Prostate Cancer Foundation will provide a recording of “COVID-19 Q&A with PCF CEO Jonathan Simons, MD” and other resources at their website: www.pcf.org/covid-19/  

NEWS YOU CAN USE ARTICLES:
Please note that the content below lists only the title of the article rather than a direct link to the content. For access to the full article  CLICK HERE .

  • PSA prostate screening stirs debate on the value of PSA prostate screening

  • Younger men with prostate cancer benefit from more aggressive treatment

  • Recent Findings from Pfizer Provide New Insights into Veterans Health (Economic Outcomes In Patients With Chemotherapy-naive Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Treated With Enzalutamide or Abiraterone Acetate Plus Prednisone)

  • USA: Cunningham Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help VA Tackle Prostate Cancer

  • New Prostate Cancer Study Findings Have Been Reported by Researchers at University of Nebraska Medical Center (Reversal of Apalutamide and Darolutamide Aldo-Keto Reductase 1C3-Mediated Resistance by a Small Molecule Inhibitor)

  • Investigators from University of Paris Sud Have Reported New Data on Prostate Cancer (Overall Survival In Men With Bone Metastases from Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Treated with Bone-targeting Radioisotopes a Meta-analysis of Individual ...)

  • Reports Outline Prostate Cancer Study Findings from Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (The Proteogenomic Landscape of Curable Prostate Cancer)

  • Former Congressman Mark Foley says his prostate cancer has returned

  • New Prostate Cancer Findings from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Described (Incidental periprostatic schwannoma discovered during evaluation for prostatic adenocarcinoma)

  • Study Findings from University of Toronto Broaden Understanding of Prostate Cancer (Can high resolution micro-ultrasound replace MRI in the diagnosis of prostate cancer?)

  • Researchers from Royal College of Surgeons Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Prostate Cancer (Comparison of Treatment-Related Toxicity with Hypofractionated or Conventionally Fractionated Radiation Therapy for Prostate ...)

  • New Prostate Cancer Study Findings Have Been Reported by Researchers at Carolina Urologic Research Center (A phase 3, open-label, multicenter study of a 6-month pre-mixed depot formulation of leuprolide mesylate in advanced prostate cancer ...)


VALUABLE VIDEOS:
Making Decisions After Being Diagnosed with Early Stage Prostate Cancer 
 

The Coronavirus and Cancer Patients by Keith Crawford, MD, PhD,
Dir. Clinical Trials and Patient Education at PHEN. www.prostatehealthed.org/phen_tv_video.php?tv_id=294.

Shalom. Salaam. Peace.

Beau Stubblefield-Tave and the Us TOO Team
Beau Stubblefield-Tave , Executive Director
James Hutson, Development Director
Jackie Konieczka, Office Manager
Terri Likowski, Program Director - Support Group Services
Tim Mix, Communications Director