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A Publication of Dr. William J. Catalona Q uest Winter 2011 • Volume 19, Number 3 and the Urological Research Foundation Being There to Celebrate by Jim Kelly Research and Recommendations e had hoped to focus this issue for the significant research accomplishments conducted by Dr. Catalona and his collaborators – supported in part by the Urological Research Foundation – on the prevention, treatment and cure for prostate cancer. But, we must address the recent and unfortunate draft recommendation against PSA screening by the USPSTF (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) that has received so much media coverage, and we must provide accurate information on studies supporting PSA screening. The different recommendations on PSA screening are confusing and that confusion is one of the more harmful consequences of the USPSTF announcement. Bottom Line: Men need to know PSA is the best screening test available for detect-ing prostate cancer while still curable, and, until there is a replacement for PSA, it would be unconscionable to stop it. Dr. Catalona’s comments to the USPSTF on the draft of their recommendations on prostate cancer screening are available on his web-site: www.drcatalona.com This year, during an annual follow-up visit with Dr. Catalona, I told him about my thoughts from the first visit to his office, almost five years earlier. I was having an initial consultation with him, after having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. During that visit, I saw many photos of famous survivors in his office, but the photo that got my attention was one of a father and his daughter at her wedding. It was signed with a note that said something like, “Thank you. Without you, this picture never could have been taken.” As a dad, with two daughters, I was so moved. Walking each of them down the aisle has always been a dream of mine. However, neither of them was in a significant relationship at that time. Now, almost five years later, at this visit with Dr. Catalona, I too brought him a photo. It was of my daughter, Erin, and me as we started down the aisle at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago on her wedding day in June of this year. Four and a half years after my sur-gery and still cancer free, I celebrate everyday events and special occasions. The next photo I bring to Dr. Catalona will be me walking my other daughter, Molly, down the aisle when she is ready. It, like my first one, will come with a note similar to the one I read on the picture that inspired me during my first visit. And, like the picture I saw in an anxious time, I hope Dr. Catalona puts mine on display and that in seeing it, new patients get hope and comfort. W T he URF appreciates and needs your support for its lifesaving mission to support research and patient education in prostate cancer. Please consider an end-of-the-year donation.

Research And Recommendations

We had hoped to focus this issue for the significant research accomplishments conducted by Dr. Catalona and his collaborators – supported in part by the Urological Research Foundation – on the prevention, treatment and cure for prostate cancer.<br /> <br /> But, we must address the recent and unfortunate draft recommendation against PSA screening by the USPSTF (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force) that has received so much media coverage, and we must provide accurate information on studies supporting PSA screening.<br /> <br /> The different recommendations on PSA screening are confusing and that confusion is one of the more harmful consequences of the USPSTF announcement.<br /> <br /> Bottom Line: Men need to know PSA is the best screening test available for detecting prostate cancer while still curable, and, until there is a replacement for PSA, it would be unconscionable to stop it.<br /> <br /> Dr. Catalona’s comments to the USPSTF on the draft of their recommendations on prostate cancer screening are available on his website: www.drcatalona.com<br /> <br /> The URF appreciates and needs your support for its lifesaving mission to support research and patient education in prostate cancer. Please consider an end-of-the-year donation.

Being There To Celebrate

Jim Kelly

This year, during an annual follow-up visit with Dr. Catalona, I told him about my thoughts from the first visit to his office, almost five years earlier.<br /> <br /> Iwas having an initial consultation with him, after having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.<br /> <br /> During that visit, I saw many photos of famous survivors in his office, but the photo that got my attention was one of a father and his daughter at her wedding. It was signed with a note that said something like, “Thank you.<br /> <br /> Without you, this picture never could have been taken.”<br /> <br /> As a dad, with two daughters, I was so moved. Walking each of them down the aisle has always been a dream of mine. However, neither of them was in a significant relationship at that time.<br /> <br /> Now, almost five years later, at this visit with Dr. Catalona, I too brought him a photo. It was of my daughter, Erin, and me as we started down the aisle at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago on her wedding day in June of this year.<br /> <br /> Four and a half years after my surgery and still cancer free, I celebrate everyday events and special occasions.<br /> <br /> The next photo I bring to Dr. Catalona will be me walking my other daughter, Molly, down the aisle when she is ready.<br /> <br /> It, like my first one, will come with a note similar to the one I read on the picture that inspired me during my first visit. And, like the picture I saw in an anxious time, I hope Dr. Catalona puts mine on display and that in seeing it, new patients get hope and comfort.

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