Prostate Insights Quarterly Newsletter August 2016 | Volume 17, Issue 3

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Prostate Insights Quarterly Newsletter August 2016 | Volume 17, Issue 3

By Peter Scholz // PCRI Creative Director

GREETINGS RESEARCHER, and welcome to Prostate Insights! This publication is full of information concerning issues that surround prostate cancer. When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, the main focus is usually the cancer itself. While deciding what treatment to choose, patients may overlook critical issues; issues that most are not prepared to tackle. Prostate cancer treatments have side effects that can undermine intimacy in relationships, and some can cause fatigue that can limit one’s ability to live a normal life. Many times men do not talk about the symptoms of advanced cancer that they are feeling, and as a result do not get the support and care that they need. There are even some uncommon but very real emergencies that patients need to be aware of when dealing with advanced cancer.

Thankfully, we have experts to address these problems. Additionally, the authors featured in this newsletter will be speaking at our 2016 Prostate Cancer Conference next month, if you are interested in pursuing these topics in greater detail. 

Patients often feel reluctant to talk about the issues that affect them. Addressing this issue, Ken Griffey Sr., a three-time MLB All-Star and spokesman for the Men Who Speak Up program, encourages men with advanced prostate cancer to learn about the symptoms of progressing disease so they can receive necessary treatments. In his article, Mr. Griffey shares his personal story dealing with prostate cancer. At our 2016 Prostate Cancer Patient Conference, he will cover available resources that can help men be more forthcoming about their situation. Mr. Griffey is also looking forward to greeting patients at the Men Who Speak Up booth directly after his presentation. 

Also in this issue, Mark Moyad, MD, an expert on diet and supplements, shares an effective natural solution to cancer-related fatigue using ginseng. Ginseng has been shown to counteract fatigue in multiple clinical trials. Dr. Moyad explains these trials and their effects in his article. For those who want additional information, Dr. Moyad will be covering the topic of diet and supplements at the 2016 Conference.

Sexual dysfunction occurs commonly with prostate cancer treatment. This problem must be recognized as a couples’ disease, as it affects intimacy and can stress relationships in unexpected ways. Dr. Erica Marchand, a practicing therapist who specializes in sexual intimacy after cancer treatment, shares nine practical tips to help you and your partner build intimacy in the wake of cancer treatment. Dr. Marchand will also be leading a Sunday breakout session on correcting sexual dysfunction function at the 2016 Conference. 

Lastly, prostate cancer specialist, Mark Scholz, MD, highlights rare but significant emergencies men with prostate cancer can potentially face. Men with metastatic prostate cancer and their caregivers need to be aware of these issues. 

Near the end of this issue, we have published a letter we received from a prostate cancer caregiver which highlights the impact of the PCRI’s free Helpline. As you read, you will discover that you are not alone in your battle against prostate cancer and there are numerous resources available. We encourage you to keep researching. There are many things you can do to maximize your quality of life and your relationships.

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Featured Article: Using Ginseng for Cancer Related Fatigue

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Featured Article: Using Ginseng for Cancer Related Fatigue

The Cheapest, Best, Safest Available “Drug” for Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) that no one knows about until now, despite being proven to work at the Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center & 40+ other medical centers many years ago!!???  What the heck is Moyad talking about?! (Shameless plug #235-See “The Supplement Handbook” by Moyad on Amazon after reading this article).

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Finding My Voice to Speak Up About Prostate Cancer

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Finding My Voice to Speak Up About Prostate Cancer

Ken Griffey Sr. is a three-time baseball all-star, a prostate cancer survivor, and a spokesperson for Bayer’s Men Who Speak Up program, which encourages men with advanced prostate cancer to know the symptoms of progressing disease and offers resources to help them feel more comfortable speaking up about it. Mr. Griffey, who is conducting a nationwide Men Who Speak Up tour with his son, Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey Jr., will be a guest speaker at the 2016 Prostate Cancer Conference on September 10.

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Sexual Recovery after Prostate Cancer: 9 Tips from a Sex Therapist

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Sexual Recovery after Prostate Cancer: 9 Tips from a Sex Therapist

If you or your partner have experienced prostate cancer, you might have questions and concerns about sexual recovery and rebuilding your sex life. This article will help identify things you can do now, wherever you are in your recovery, to start to create a sex life you want. With prostate cancer, as with many things in life, there are the physical realities of the situation, and there are options for dealing with those realities. How we deal with the realities influences how they affect our lives. Try to adopt the mindset that you will do your best to create what you want sexually, within the boundaries of what’s physically possible. 

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Helpline Corner: A Letter from a Caller

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Helpline Corner: A Letter from a Caller

This is a letter that we received from a recent helpline caller. It demonstrates the critical importance of support empowerment and information and how it prepares you for partnership with your medical professionals. This letter was published with permission from its author.

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