BY MARK SCHOLZ, MD
is a common analogy often used to describe the fight against cancer. The
“soldiers,” when using this type of example, would be surgery, radiation and
hormone therapy. The “spies” are the body scans and blood tests that are used to determine the strength and
location of the invading enemy. But who is the mastermind, the “general” who
determines the overall strategy for winning the war?
most types of cancer, medical oncologists are charged with the responsibility
for supervising care. Medical oncologists are board-certified internists with
subspecialty cancer training. Surprisingly however, with prostate cancer, it is usually
the patient—with some educational input from the surgeons and radiation
doctors—who ends up selecting treatment
squarely in the driver’s seat, patients are therefore in desperate need of
understandable, unbiased and up-to-date information about prostate cancer. The
good news is that the pace of technological progress is accelerating, bringing
numerous improvements to patient care. The bad news is the monumental task of
sorting through endless mountains of information, more accessible than ever via
PCRI already hosts an annual September conference that is designed to help
patients tackle this daunting challenge. However, given that new information is
coming out so quickly, the PCRI has decided to inaugurate a “Mid-Year Update,”
a half-day educational conference chaired by Drs. Mark Moyad and Mark Scholz, that is designed to bring patients
the most recent information about prostate cancer management.
year’s update, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, April 11th and
to be held at the Los Angeles airport Marriott, will feature
presentations by Dan Margolis MD, a leading expert in MRI imaging from UCLA,
and Fabio Almeida MD, a leading expert on the latest breakthroughs in PET
imaging. Dr. Mark Scholz will review the controversial topic of using
testosterone and estrogen therapy in men and women. Doctor Mark Moyad will
speak on the most recent studies relating to diet and supplements. An
interactive question and answer forum chaired by doctors Moyad and Scholz will
complete the day.
Further details about the conference
are available at www.pcri.orgwww.pcri.org or
by calling the PCRI office at (310) 743-2116.