PCaI patient education conference: March 2, Ft. Myers, FL


Prostate Cancer International (PCaI) is excited to be holding its next patient education / information conference in Fort Myers, FL, on March 2, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For complete details of the meeting agenda, the speakers, how to register, and other facts, please click here. Check in will start at 8:30 a.m.

The actual meeting (“Prostate Cancer TODAY: Living Well, Choosing Wisely“) will be held at the Cohen Center associated with the Florida Gulf Coast University. We have made arrangements for discounted rooms at two nearby hotels (see the meeting web site for details). The deadline for reserving these discount hotel rooms is this Friday, February 8th. (You can cancel your hotel room up to 72 hours before your reservation.)

For those who may wish to fly in to the meeting, the university is just 5 miles from Fort Myers International airport (RSW).  For those who may wish to drive in to the meeting, the university is about 3 miles from the interstate (I-75).

As we did at our Virginia conference in October 2018, this conference will feature two large, general sessions, and 16 smaller breakout sessions, so patients and caregivers can choose topics that are important to them.  The meeting also will have audience Q&A, panel discussions, and an Exhibit Hall full of free resources.

Speakers include expert physicians, oncology nurses, patient advocates, and caregivers.  Advocates Mike Scott, Jan Manarite, and Joel Nowak will be moderating most of the sessions.  Some of our featured speakers include:

  • Dr Steven Scionti from Scionti Prostate Center
  • Dr Eli Van Allen from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Metastatic PC Project
  • Dr Debra Freeman from Cyberknife Centers of Tampa
  • Dr Brad Hoppe from the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute
  • Dr Michael Katin and Dr Constantine Mantz from 21st Century Oncology

This meeting is open to patients and associated caregivers free of charge, including free lunch but we do ask for a small donation ($25.00 per person) from those who can afford this because we do have to find ways to “make ends meet”.

 

2 Responses

  1. For a few years I had a spot right below my neck that was numb. Then later I started having pains in my shoulders that ran down my arms. Sleeping was terrible because I like to sleep on my side but it would wake me up and I could barely put my arms back down. An X-ray showed degeneration in the discs of my neck. Then I started having pain so bad in my hips that it woke me up at night. I had a bone density scan which showed osteoporosis in my left hip, and the right is on its way. I have pain in my lower back that runs down my legs. It is miserable. I am on a weekly pill (alendronate), calcium, and vitamin D, which don’t help.

  2. Dear promu6ty:

    I am sorry to hear that you are having this type of health issue, but this doesn’t appear to be associated with prostate cancer in any way.

    I would, however, note that your current medication regimen may well be helping with your osteoporesis, even if it isn’t helping with the pain. You need to talk to your doctors about that.

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