The Importance of Prostate Cancer Research – the Rewards and Emotions

September 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

The importance of prostate cancer research cannot be over emphasized. Many discoveries in the diagnoses, causes, treatments and the prevention of this disease have been made.

Therefore, it becomes necessary to support more research efforts in other to extend the past achievements. With this understanding, a recent event organized by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) reminds a prostate cancer survivor of the achievements of research in this area.

The following is an extract on the observations of this prostate cancer survivor you will find interesting:

There’s a couple things you need to know about me.

First, I’m a prostate cancer survivor. And second, well — you see — I get choked up rather easily.

Not that those two things are related, mind you. But every so often they manage to collide head-on. And when they do, I’ve learned to just roll with my emotions.

That’s what I did earlier this month when I — along with 11 other prostate cancer survivors — attended the Celebration of Science in Washington D.C. as a guest of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Spearheaded by FasterCures and the Milken Institute, “A Celebration of Science” brought together more than 1,000 leaders from across the scientific and policy communities to reaffirm the importance of bioscience and — hopefully — change the world for future generations.

Simply put by Mike Milken in the Wall Street Journal, “‘A Celebration of Science’ will do more than honor the past. Participants will be developing specific nonpartisan proposals designed to help strengthen future American science.”

Based on the passion of the participants I personally witnessed — including the majority leaders of the U.S. Senate and House Harry Reid and Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (HHS), “Magic” Johnson, and NIH Director Francis Collins, just to name a few — I’d say the gathering hit its mark.

I spent the majority of my time, however, with my newfound prostate cancer brothers attending presentations and talks specifically focused on our shared disease. We had a special IBM Watson oncology presentation, listened to researchers discuss things like T-cells and the prostate cancer whole genome and heard how to make a targeted FDA-approved drug. For starters. We also had plenty of personal time, including an intimate one-on-one conversation with fellow prostate cancer survivor and former National Cancer Institute director Andrew von Eschenbach.

If prostate cancer had an Olympic team, you surely would have found all its members within a stone’s throw of my every vantage point.

But the truth is, I’m not a science guy, myself. And, without doubt, much of the technical presentations flew over my bald head. I’m just a dad. One with what my oncology team believes to be dormant cancer cells hanging out in my body. I live my days with a constant reminder that those dormant cells could wake up at any time and take up residency in my body.

That’s why I do everything I can do to stack the deck in my favor. And I pray for a cure.

Which brings me to my collision of emotions.

It all started innocently. And I truly didn’t see it coming.

My fellow survivor brothers and I were asked join the Prostate Cancer Foundation leadership, including Jonathan Simons and Howard Soule, on stage in the Mayflower Hotel’s State Room. There was going to be an awards ceremony, according to our agenda. The “Young Investigator Medal Ceremony.”

“How nice,” the dad in me thought.

And then I figured out what was really going on. Click here to check out the complete story

With the details provided above, the importance of prostate cancer research has being highlighted.

This is more particular when taking stocks of the number of those that received the Young Investigator Awards.

The fight against prostate cancer still continues and it good that men are winning the battles in many ways.

Most especially as survivors like the writer above are having  good time and becoming positive that there is hope that one day this scourge will finally be nipped in the bud.

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