Gee! … Didja notice? … There really hasn’t been anything worth reporting in the prostate cancer news for the best part of the past 2 weeks. … Seriously!
We could have scraped the barrel and come up with some pretty boring and repetitive “stuff”, but — as you know — to the greatest possible extent we do our best to make sure we actually provide useful news … as opposed to recycled press releases and other junk mail. There hasn’t been any useful news.
Now this could mean that someone has cured prostate cancer and we missed the press release. It could also mean that all the world’s prostate cancer researchers and treaters have taken an extended vacation in Antarctica. However, we have seen no evidence of either of these events. A third possibility is that everyone is so exhausted by all the quibbling over the precise implications of the Affordable Care Act and the guidance issued by the USPSTF is that they have run out of things to say. (This might be a good thing, of course!)
So … while we wait for everyone to come up with some “new” news that’s worth reporting, the one thing that we can tell you is that the Prostate Cancer Roundtable will be holding one of its regular get-togethers tomorrow in Washington, DC, right down the street from The Capitol, to discuss whatever we need to do about:
- Ensuring continuing funding for the DoD Prostate Cancer Research Program
- Educating men about when they definitely do (and perhaps don’t) need to be having PSA tests
- Ensuring access to good quality care for those less fortunate than the fully insured and
- Pushing some other envelopes that continue to need pushing (such as just how much of the annual budget of the National Cancer Institute is really getting spent on research that benefits prostate cancer)
Our meetings are usually cordial — although there are some strong differences of opinion in places. The good news is that we have finally managed to work out a way to collaborate on shared priorities without simultaneously tearing each others’ throats out in public over the things we don’t all agree about.
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