A Million Faces: What Prostate Cancer Awareness Means to Me

Alicia Morgans | September 06, 2018

Prostate cancer is something that touches most of us, at least indirectly, at some point in our lives.  It is the most common cancer in American men, and the second leading cause of cancer death in this country.  Our continued efforts as clinicians, researchers, patients, family members, loved ones, and advocates are critical if this

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Alicia Morgans, MD

Alicia Morgans, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She is a clinician and physician investigator specializing is investigating complications of systemic therapy for prostate cancer survivors. She has expertise in clinical trials and patient reported outcome measures, and as well as incorporating patient preferences and beliefs into clinical decision making.

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Presented by Maria J. Ribal, MD
Barcelona, Spain (UroToday.com) Dr. Maria Ribal from Barcelona started the urogenital cancer treatment at a glance session by giving an overview of challenging paradigms in advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Ribal notes that not only is the incidence of prostate cancer the highest among male malignancies,
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Presented by Srikala S. Sridhar, MD, FRCPC, Alberto Briganti, MD, PhD, and Heather Ann Payne, MBBS, FRCP, FRCR
San Francisco, CA (UroToday.com)  Drs. Sridhar, Briganti, and Payne presented on the treatment of high-risk localized prostate cancer, and issues related to intensification and deintensification of treatment from medical oncology, urology, and radiation oncology perspectives.
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Phoenix, Arizona (UroToday.com) The LATITUDE study, published in July 2017, was a phase III randomized, clinical trial that evaluated the efficacy of abiraterone acetate and prednisone with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in men with newly-diagnosed, castration sensitive, metastatic prostate cancer.
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Tel-Aviv, Israel (UroToday.com) Laurence Klotz, MD gave a presentation on intermittent androgen deprivation therapy (IADT) and its association with cardiovascular disease (CVD). He began stating the many advantages of IADT.
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Tel-Aviv, Israel (UroToday.com) Jehonathan Pinthus, MD presented the RADICAL PC trial and elaborated on the correlation of prostate cancer (PC) to cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is known that PC patients are at risk for CVD.
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