There are conferences for doctors and conferences for researchers, but there is also a conference just for prostate cancer survivors and their caretakers! The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), a partner of Malecare, annually sponsors the only patient conference in the world.

I have attended the conference over the last five years and strongly recommend that you join me at the conference in September. Prior conferences have been very interesting and informative. Beyond the education I have especially enjoyed meeting other survivors, especially people who I am acquainted with through the blog and the Advanced Prostate Cancer Online support group.

Malecare will again be participating at the conference by running three different support groups. Darryl, our Executive Director, will be running two sessions of a support group for gay men with prostate cancer, Dr. Wendy Lebowitz, our in-house Psychologist, will run two sessions for women only and I will run two support groups about advanced prostate cancer.

Malecare will also have a table at the conference where you will be able to pick up information about the Malecare programs as well as to have a formal chat with our many programs. Of course, we will be at the conference and look forward to having an opportunity to also talk in the hall and over a cup of coffee.

The real reason to come to the conference is to hear outstanding speakers talk about the concerns we all have about prostate cancer. Our concerns, not those of the medical and research communities. The following is the current schedule:


                       Scheduled Speakers

David Krasne, M.D., St. John’s Health Center

Active Surveillance for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Maha Hussain, M.D., University of Michigan Medical Center

Advanced Prostate Cancer

Anthony Zietman, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Intermediate and High Risk Disease

Eugene Kwon, M.D., Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Treating Oligometastatic Disease with Multimodality Therapy

John Mulhall, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute

Sexual Complications of Treatment

Mark Moyad, M.D., University of Michigan Medical Center

Diet, Dietary Supplements and Prostate Health

Charles “Snuffy” Myers, M.D., American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate

Immune Therapy

Mark Scholz, M.D., Prostate Oncology Specialists

Treating PSA-Relapsed Disease


Consider joining us at the conference this September 5th through the 7th in Los Angeles. The conference is held at the LAX Marriott hotel and rooms are available at a significant discount.

To learn more about the conference and to register go to:

Joel T. Nowak, M.A., M.S.W.