Important Upcoming Events
- The Downeast Living with Cancer Conference will be held on 11-7-2019 at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center in Bar Harbor.
Nominations are needed for anyone who wishes to participate in preparing the next five year cancer plan (2020-2025). MCFPC has been invited to participate in preparing the next five year plan.Teams are: Prevention, Screening and Early Detection, Treatment, Survivorship, Palliative and End of Life Care and Advocacy. Please contact Mona Ervin FMI.
Fairfield man's prostate cancer fight - News Center Maine
Daniel Bois found out he had prostate cancer two years ago. He tells NEWS CENTER Maine how the Dempsey Center's treatments helped him deal with battling cancer. Use this link to view the story...
UrologyHealth extra® Magazine
UrologyHealth extra® is a valuable resource for helping readers actively navigate and manage their urologic health care - from reading stories on newsworthy urology topics and finding the most delicious and urologic-friendly recipes, to reading about the latest treatments and products. The FREE magazine deliver fresh content to patients, caregivers, urologists, AUA Member practices and other health care providers each quarter. Use this link to learn more about the UrologyHealth extra® magazine - be sure to click on button next to "Prostate Health Series" to see the most recent articles related to prostate cancer.
The MCFPC is pleased to provide users with this link to recent information about prostate cancer. The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network - JNCCN360 is part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
The NCCN also publishes a "Guidelines for Patients" resource on the topic of prostate cancer. The publication comes in an on-line "book" format, a downloadable PDF and will soon be published in paper format. Use this link to access the digital version of Guidelines for Patients - Prostate Cancer. Please contact NCCN if you cannot access the content.
PSA Testing Declining
Primary care physicians have reduced testing for prostate cancer by 55% since the USPSTF published their D Recommendation, testing went from 36.5% to 16.4%. Urologists during this same period reduced testing by 11%, from 38.7% to 34.5%. The net result of the USPSTF action is an increase in the number of men first presenting with metastatic prostate cancer. When my paternal grandfather was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer there were no tests and 80% of men were diagnosed at an incurable stage. See Cancer Network article for for the latest results of the United States Preventive Services Task Force D Recommendation.
We need to find reliable sources that can help explain the number of unnecessary deaths that have resulted from the USPSTF action.
There is now a new effort to stop testing all men over the age of 70, so our environment is actually getting worse.
Two videos that feature several of the cancer support centers in Maine have recently been produced by the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer (MCFPC) in cooperation with Time Warner Cable of Maine. All of the MCFPD videos may be viewed here on our website.
The first video "Cancer and Your Life - Cancer Support Centers in Maine" was hosted by Michael Jones, Board Advisor to MCFPC. In this video, we learn more about some of the wonderful support services that exist in Maine to help those on their cancer journey. Guests include Mary Dempsey, Assistant Director of the Patrick Dempsey Center of Hope and Healing in Lewiston, ME., Mark Smith, educator, who continues to deal with prostate cancer and Michael Reisman, the Executive Director for the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth, ME.
Part 9 of the series "Cancer and Your Life - Cancer Support Centers in Maine - Part 2" was recorded in January 2016 and hosted by Michael Jones Board Advisor to MCFPC. In this video, we continue to learn more about some of the wonderful support services that exist in Maine to help those on their cancer journey. Guests include Nicole Avery, Executive Director of Cancer Community Center of South Portland, Nelson Leavitt, one of the founders of MCFPC and Sue Craib, founder of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine.
The Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer has a brochure/flyer that you may download, print out and share with friends and family.