Over 2,500 men in Oklahoma will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – just below the number of women in our state facing a new breast cancer diagnosis. Because early prostate cancer usually has no symptoms, the diagnosis often comes as a complete surprise to men and their families.
Unlike many other cancers, men may be offered a variety of treatment options that offer equal cure rates for localized prostate cancer. Therefore, men usually face the daunting challenge of sorting through brochures, weighing their options, contemplating second opinions and ultimately deciding on what treatment they believe is best for them. Their spouse or partner may take on the role of gathering information or offering steadfast support.
On Tuesday, July 16th, Dr. John Taylor, a Radiation Oncologist, will present “Radiation Therapy Options for Prostate Cancer”. The group meets at 6:00 p.m. in the Deaconess Medical Offices-North, Lower Level Conference Rooms at 5701 N. Portland.
Us TOO meetings provide a forum for medical experts to inform group members about various treatment options, post-treatment expectations, and provides men and their spouses an opportunity to ask questions through open, honest and unbiased discussion. Participants are encouraged to discuss the information covered in the sessions with their personal physician. This group demonstrates concern, acceptance, caring and understanding while acknowledging the special needs of prostate cancer patients and their spouses/partners.
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. Meeting locations alternate between Deaconess Hospital and INTEGRIS Hospitals of Oklahoma. Spouses/significant others are encouraged to attend this free program.
The latest developments in prostate cancer treatments, research and legislation are available on the Internet at http://www.ustoo.org. For more information about Us TOO, call the Deaconess Cancer Center at (405) 604-6190.