A New Strain Of Prostate Cancer?
Metastatic hormone resistant prostate cancer (mHRPC) is defined as prostate cancer that has spread from its original location to other parts of the body. One of many options for treating metastatic prostate cancer is hormone therapy, which aims to lower the testosterone production levels. While there are other options to reduce testosterone production, nothing can guarantee that a man is prostate cancer free just because he has undergone such treatments. When prostate cancer spreads to other parts of the body, men should seek out treatment that can slow and/or stop cancer growth, control the pain and other symptoms, and extend one’s survival.
Symptoms of mHRPC vary. Some people do not even have symptoms of mHRPC but physicians will discover the metastasis in tests and x-rays. However, when symptoms of metastatic cancer arise, the type and frequency of the symptoms will depend on the size and location of the metastasis.
If prostate cancer becomes hormone resistant, that means the disease is not responding to the hormone therapy treatment. This kind of information can send a man’s mind into remission. Dealing with prostate cancer is difficult and frightening enough, but once informed that the cancer has spread and is not responding to hormone therapy, additional support and hope is necessary.
“Black America must become knowledgeable about fast moving developments and identify opportunities to reduce the current epidemic, otherwise this lack of knowledge could worsen our condition,” says Prostate Health Education Network president Thomas A. Farrington.
Farrington is also lead patient advocate on the advanced prostate cancer Dream Team sponsored by Stand Up to Cancer (www.standup2cancer.org). He is tasked with outreaching to African-American men with advanced prostate cancer to consider participating in the Dream Team Project. PHEN also partners with churches nationwide for its Annual Father’s Day Rally against Prostate Cancer. During regular church services, prostate cancer survivors within each congregation, along with family members of those who have lost loved ones to the disease, will be recognized and join hands in prayer for healing.
PHEN will also host prostate health educational symposiums within partnering churches in six different cities nationwide on Saturday, June 15th as a part of its congregational education and awareness outreach. The agenda will focus on healthy men, men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and men with recurring and advanced prostate cancer. All family members are invited to attend and support Black men nationwide.
Quincy & Rashida Jones Raise Awareness About Prostate Cancer
Famous father and daughter duo Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones have teamed up for a PSA on behalf of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).
The clip, entitled “Cherishing Life’s Special Moments,” seeks to raise awareness about the importance of speaking with your doctor about prostate cancer.
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Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death for men in the United States, affecting one in six men, according to PCF. In the U.S. alone, 2.5 million American men and their families are currently living with prostate cancer.
Quincy Jones has enjoyed one of the longest, most successful careers in popular music as a record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, and trumpeter. Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, he has been nominated for a record 79 Grammys – won 27 – and in 1991, received the Grammy Legend Award. In addition to his numerous awards and honors, most recently Jones was inducted into the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“As a father, I cherish the special moments in life and understand how they can fly by in an instant,” said Quincy Jones. “Prostate cancer has affected dear friends and family of mine, so I am honored to be part of this campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation to reinforce how incredibly important it is for men to talk to their doctors about prostate cancer.”
Rashida Jones is a film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter, singer and currently appears on the hit NBC sitcom, “Parks and Recreation.” She has appeared in numerous feature films, including I Love You, Man; Our Idiot Brother; The Social Network; The Muppets; and Celeste and Jesse Forever, which she co-wrote. Jones was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and was recognized in 2011 as an Influential Multiracial Public Figure runner-up.
“I was excited to shoot this PSA with my father,” said Rashida Jones. “We have to protect the men we cherish, so please talk to your fathers, your grandfathers, husbands, brothers and sons and make sure they speak to their doctors about this disease and how to reduce their risk.”
“Men are 40 percent less likely than women to have visited a healthcare provider in the past year…But talking to one’s doctor about prostate cancer is critically important,” said Stand Up To Cancer President & CEO Sung Poblete, PhD, RN. “We are thrilled to have the father and daughter pair of Quincy and Rashida Jones spread that message through this PSA, and hope it empowers men to speak with their doctors about prostate cancer and when screening is right for them so they can make informed decisions.”