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Nelson Durand

Prostate cancer history:

  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2005 at the age of 62
  • Procedure selected was lapriscopic surgery with robotic assist
  • Provide support to those recently diagnosed with prostate cancer through American Cancer Society's Man-to-Man Program
  • Advisor to Maine Prostate Cancer Coalition

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer:

  • Primarily interested in providing information and support to those recently diagnosed  with prostate cancer
  • Prostate cancer detection and treatment options
  • Improving general knowledge about prostate cancer

Availability:

  • Timing flexible with ample notification
  • Central Maine Area
  • Unavailable in winter and somewhat available but limited in summer

Contact information:

George Green

 


 

Mona Ervin

Prostate cancer history:

Spouse of a prostate cancer survivor since 2000

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer:

I have been interviewed on television, have participated in a panel discussion, and I have spoke to numerous groups throughout Central Maine.

Topics of interest:

Discussing with women the impact of prostate cancer from the woman’s perspective and to let women know that this is a family disease, not a man’s disease.

Availability:

Flexible with advanced notification.

Areas of availability:

Auburn/ Lewiston and surrounding areas.

Contact information:

Mona Ervin
177 Cook Street
Auburn, Maine 04210
(207) 784-2086


Jon Henry

Prostate cancer history:

  • Diagnosed in August 2007 after treatment for suspected prostatitis at age of 44. PSA jumped from 3.48 to 4.00 in two months.
  • Biopsy showed one core of 12 was positive; Gleason score of 7.
  • Robotic Prostetectomy at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) on October 31, 2007. Second tumor found; Gleason = 9. Organ-confined.
  • PSA undetectable for 18 months now.
  • Board of directors "Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer"
  • Facilitator of Bangor Area Prostate Cancer Support Group at EMMC Employed as Dean of Enrollment Services at University of Maine at Augusta.

Topics of interest:

  • Early detection for men in their 40's and ways to gather credible information before making treatment decisions.
  • Empowering men and their partners to take charge of the process -- be active not passive!
  • Increase public awareness that early detection truly does save lives.
  • "Don't die from embarrassment!"
  • Role of lifestyle, nutrition and exercise - holistic approach - in preventing recurrence Sexual function recovery - being willing to address an awkward topic and side effect of treatment

Availability:

Week day evenings generally; weekends depending on schedule.  Need at least two weeks' notice.

Area of availability:

Greater Bangor region, Augusta region schedule permitting.

Contact information:

Jonathan H. Henry
85 Kennebec Rd
Hampden, ME 04444
Days:  621-3136, Cell 944-3190
Home:  862-2059
Email:

or George Green


Nelson Leavitt

clip image001Prostate cancer history:

  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer May 2001 after third PSA/DRE tests at age 60
  • Radical (open) prostatectomy in August 2001 with no follow-up treatment necessary

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer:

  • Extensive experience speaking to groups of all sizes about the subject of Prostate Cancer
  • Extensive experience speaking one-on-one with men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, those with advanced prostate cancer and those with side effects due to treatment of prostate cancer

Topics of interest:

  • Educating Maine citizens about early detection and early treatment of prostate cancer

Availability:

  • Timing flexible with ample notification, usually 4-6 weeks

Area of availability:

Anywhere, with proper arrangements

Contact information:

Nelson A. Leavitt
Phone: (207) 623-5375 (Leave Message) 
84 Fairview Avenue, Augusta, Maine 04330-5832
Email:

or George Green


McGowan, Jim

Prostate cancer history:

  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007 after first PSA test at age 52.
  • Had radical (open) prostatectomy in July 2007 with salvage external beam radiation treatment during the winter/spring 2008.
  • Steering Committee member of Brunswick-Bath Prostate Support Group
  • Employed by the Maine Community College System and work in areas of economic and workforce development, as well as, research and public policy projects.

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer:

  • Prostate cancer detection and treatment options
  • Dealing with a health crisis
  • Improving general knowledge about prostate cancer as well as better patient advocacy

Availability:

Timing flexible with ample notification, usually 4-6 weeks.

Area of availability:

Generally Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Cumberland. York, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties, with other locations in Maine possible with appropriate notice.

Contact information:

Jim McGowan
Phone: (207)767-5210 x4107 (o)  (207)371-2731 (h)
Email:

or George Green

 


Terry Kungel

Terry KungelProstate cancer history section:

  • All four grand parents died from cancer. Terry is the third generation in his family to deal with prostate cancer.
  • His paternal grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer when Terry was 16 and he was one of his pall bearers at age 17.
  • Terry's father died a painful death from prostate cancer.
  • Terry was diagnosed with a Stage T2C prostate cancer December 2007 a few days after a lung resection. An anatomic radical retropubic prostatectomy was done March 2008.
  • PSA levels have been undetectable and are measured every six months.

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer section:

  • Chairman, Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer.
  • Represents Maine as a Consumer Reviewer, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, which helps identify research grants that merit funding by the Prostate Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense.
  • Serves on Dana-Farber's Visiting Committee for the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology.
  • Served as a patient member on MaineHealth's Shared Decision Making Advisory Group.
  • Selected by the Board of Directors, Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership, for their Health Leadership Development Group program.

Topics of interest:

  • Will address any prostate cancer related issue of interest to a group.
  • Prostate cancer is a medical journey but also an emotional journey. Both need to be DISCUSSED AND managed.
  • Dealing with sexual side effects and redefining intimacy.
  • Kegel exercises.
  • Prostate cancer screening and the importance of making evidenced based decisions.
  • Making new food choices after a prostate cancer diagnosis.
  • Explaining the importance of exercise during and after treatment.
  • Discussing new prostate cancer research findings, new drugs and new improvements to the standard of care.
  • The importance of making informed decisions and sharing decision making with your doctor.

Availability:

Terry travels extensively throughout Maine and is available week days and week day evenings.

Contact information:

Terry Kungel
Phone: (855) 552-7200, extension 800
Email:

 


Bruce McClenahan

Prostate cancer history:

  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 at the age of 62 through digital exam, Gleason 6.9
  • Radical prostatectomy in 2005 by non-robotic laparoscopic procedure
  • Moderate to heavy urinary incontinence after surgery
  • Advance sling operation in January 2009 to address incontinence
  • PSA currently ranges from undetectable to .1
  • Provide support to other men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer

Experience at speaking about prostate cancer:

  • Experience speaking with men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer through the Man-to-Man program
  • Experience in speaking with support groups about urinary incontinence options, options for dealing with ED, and detailed experience with the Advance Sling
  • Advocating for early detection and informed decision making

Availability:

  • Weekday evenings, Monday & Tuesday during day with ample notification
  • Central and Southern Maine and other areas as needed

Contact Information:

Bruce McClenahan
2616 US Route 202
Winthrop, Maine 04364
Phone: (207)-623-5961
Email:

 


Al Fitzmorris

 

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