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06/02/2022

Doug Maddox: Survivor

There is no status quo when you live with cancer.   Doug Maddox, a U.S. Army Veteran who served in the Vietnam War, understands this quite well.  He has been battling prostate cancer for more than a decade, and has met everything the disease has thrown at him with courage and. Read More

05/02/2022

Nurse with a Mission: Grace Cullen, DNP

Meet Grace Cullen, DNP, a nurse practitioner at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit.  Her specialty is oncology and palliative care, and her patients are Veterans with advanced prostate cancer. Cullen is part of the VA’s New Data Nurse of the Future program, a joint VA-PCF research. Read More

02/08/2022

Know Your Risk. Be Your Own Advocate.

Matt Fish, a 47-year-old Veteran, has an important message for younger men. Know your history and risk factors for prostate cancer: if you’re over age 50, if you’re Black, or have a family history of cancer. Matt adds to that: if you’ve served in the military. And if you’re concerned,. Read More

01/24/2022

Could More Testosterone Be the Hidden Key to Fighting Prostate Cancer?

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has been the bedrock of treatment for advanced prostate cancer for more than half a century.  But investigators at Johns Hopkins are rethinking it – in a way that sounds counterintuitive – and driving new approaches to tackle treatment resistance.  They’re discovering that shaking up prostate. Read More

05/03/2021

Prostate Cancer Treatment at the VA: One Veteran’s Journey

David Atkinson has lived his life in service: from West Point, to boots on the ground at Operation Desert Storm in 1991, to his free time spent as a volunteer for the National Ski Patrol. He’s always been “that” guy, the one you want to look over and find, by. Read More

05/18/2020

HITCH: Years of PCF-Funded Research and Discovery Lead to New PCF-VA Clinical Trial for Veterans With COVID-19

Although the global pandemic-causing coronavirus called COVID-19 has only recently taken over all our lives – killing more Americans in just eight weeks than died in the entire Vietnam War – scientists already know quite a lot about it.  For instance, they know how the virus sneaks into the nose,. Read More

09/11/2019

Ground Zero and Prostate Cancer

If you were there at Ground Zero in New York City on 9/11, you breathed it in.  If you were in one of the World Trade Center towers when it happened, or a first responder on the scene soon afterward, you breathed in more of it.  And because of that,. Read More

05/10/2019

Nurse Jenny Chen: Making a Difference for Veterans with Prostate Cancer

Rob Crocker knows a lot about jazz.  He started out as a jazz musician in Brooklyn, New York.  When his hearing was damaged during the Vietnam War, he switched to jazz radio and programming jazz, with a focus on Brazilian music.  His recognizably warm, velvety voice is familiar to radio. Read More

11/13/2017

“As Close to a Miracle As We Get”

Six months ago, the future looked pretty bleak for Chris Seelye.  At just 62, this professional photographer from Washington State thought he had maybe a year to live.   “I was facing a terminal illness and was reaching the time where I had to start making decisions,” he says.  Decisions like,. Read More

11/09/2017

Agent Orange and Prostate Cancer

It’s a legacy of war that nobody wanted: the lingering effects of the tactical herbicide called Agent Orange.  This was “scorched earth” warfare – destroying vegetation to clear the countryside of places for the enemy to hide – taken to the next level, with 20 million gallons of chemical defoliants. Read More