Faces of Prostate Cancer
When his father was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, Lance Wain wasn’t sure what the future would hold. “We didn’t know what the prognosis was going to be. We didn’t know if he was going to live another week, another month or another year. But 17 years later, he’s still here,” says Lance.
Lance’s father beat the disease, but Lance knows that without a cure, prostate cancer will be an ongoing battle for his father and his entire family. Lance also has hope, which he attributes to the cutting-edge research funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “I know for a fact that my father is still alive today because of a lot of the research that has been funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation,” says Lance.
Today, Lance has a six-year-old son of his own. He worries that someday they both could have to battle the disease—which is why PCF’s research is so vital for all the Wain men. “We’re a prostate cancer family,” he says. “I know I’m predisposed to the disease. My son is predisposed to the disease. But I’m also a lot more educated knowing what research is bringing to the table.”
Lance views PCF as an invaluable resource for him, his father and the millions of men living with prostate cancer. The research PCF does today has immediate effects on the lives of patients. “It’s not about 10 or 15 years down the road,” Lance says. “Clinical trials are happening right now. And PCF has really been a catalyst for the acceleration and coordination of that research. It’s paramount.”
Lance finds both comfort and reassurance in the progress of recent years. “My son has his grandfather to play with right now, and I believe he will for many years to come, because of research,” he says. “And I’m equally confident that, because of today’s research, I’m going to be there with my son when he has his own kids.”
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