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The Federal Government annually invests millions of dollars for prostate cancer research through the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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The PCRP, part of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense, is one of the most effective programs in the world designed to produce treatments and, one day, a cure for prostate cancer. Funding from the PCRP has supported the development of  three new treatments for advanced disease in the last five years and was instrumental in accelerating the approval of Zytiga®  (abiraterone acetate) by two years. 
The program is now focused on improving diagnosis to reduce overtreatment and accurately determine life-threating disease from indolent tumors.

ZERO is working to maintain $13.2 million in funding for prostate cancer awareness and education.  The President’s FY2017 budget request eliminates funding within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) comprehensive cancer control program for prostate cancer activities. This funding supports the development and dissemination of content to help patients and providers have a better-informed discussion about treatment options. It also provides needed funding for important surveillance activities that help providers, epidemiologists, and researchers better understand the disease, its incidence, and progression.

We urge Congress to protect prostate cancer prevention and education funding and provide $13.2 million for the CDC in the FY 2017.

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A nationwide physician shortage has hit a Colorado VA hospital particularly hard, forcing it to reschedule or postpone dozens of surgeries because it doesn’t have enough anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Approximately 65 to 90 nonemergency surgeries at the Eastern Colorado Health Care System have been pushed off because of the shortage, caused in recent months because staff have left for other jobs or are on paternity and maternity leave, a hospital spokeswoman told The Denver Post. In July, the publication reported that the VA hospital had one of the worst wait times for care in the nation.

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  • VA Chief Wants to Get Rid of Healthcare Deadwood

    ‘Accountability’ comes up repeatedly at hospital association meeting

  • by Joyce Frieden
    News Editor, MedPage Today

WASHINGTON — Getting rid of under-performing employees and hiring more healthcare professionals are just a few of the ways that Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, wants to improve the healthcare provided by his agency.

“Part of what we have had to do is to say that not everybody has the right or privilege to work at the VA,” said Shulkin at the American Hospital Association annual meeting on Monday. “When people lose their values, or deviate from our purpose or what our mission is, they lose that right.”

Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday to temporarily extend a program that lets some veterans seek medical care in the private sector, part of an effort by the president to deliver on a campaign promise.

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  • HG Stevenson Award for outstanding support and dedicated service to the SGSU and urology residency programs. Presented to: George Kaplan, MD
  • Honorary Lifetime Membership Award for lifetime dedication and service to the SGSU.
    Presented to: Mitchell Edson, MD
  • Prince Beach Award for best paper (#65) presented by a society member staff physician as judged by chief residents. Presented to: LCDR Eric T. Grossgold, MC, USN
  • Clare Scanlon Award for outstanding administrative work on the organization of the Mock Oral Boards for many years. Presented to: Joseph R. Sterbis, MD.
  • Clinical Research Award Winners:
    • 1st Place: #26 – CPT Jonathan Wingate, MC, USA
    • 2nd Place:#16 – LCDR Michael T. Marshall, MC, USN
    • 3rd Place: #28 – CPT Katherine A. Carlisle, MC, USA
  • Basic Science Award Winners:
    • 1st Place: #11 – CPT Tara K. Ortiz, MC, USA
    • 2nd Place:#12 – CPT Richard S. Otto, MC, USA
    • 3rd Place:#13 – CPT Stephanie Sexton, MC, USA
  • Poster Session Winners
    • 1st Place: #63 – Amanda Reed-Maldonado, MD
    • 2nd Place: #62 – CPT Karmon Janssen, MC, USA
    • 3rd Place: #52 – CPT Kevan Iffrig, MC, USA

Dr. Tim Brand Take Home Points

  • Enzalutamide is easy to prescribe but causes fatigue. – Ray Lance, MD
  • Corynebacteria are bad for prosthetics.  -Jesse N. Mills, MD
  • Primary care should refer everyone with psa >1.5 ng/dl to urology for risk assessment (using sophisticated biomarkers) for clinically significant prostate cancer.  -E. David Crawford, MD
  • “If you are not trying to get ahead, then you’ve already decided that you’re going to fall behind.” – LTC Alex Ernest, MC, USA
  • Survivorship care plans are useful and can improve focus on patient quality of life after oncologic treatments. -Ryan P. Terlecki, MD
  • John Barry, MD has not only mastered renal transplantation, but quite possibly, every aspect of life. – Audience, after viewing the “Tips and Tricks” talk
  • Transgender management is complex and can affect soldier readiness. – LCDR Eric T. Grossgold, MC, USN
  • Docetaxel should be used sooner rather than later in advanced prostate cancer. – Evan Y. Yu, MD
  • Surgical Volunteerism is hard work but very rewarding. – Kurt McCammon, MD, FACS

Dr. Thomas Hatch Take Home Points

  • There is not a statistically significant increase in tumor progression or recurrence in those patients who experienced a delay in the initiation of BCG. – Andrew Franklin, Columbia, MO.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy can be used to improve male fertility. – Amanda Reed-Maldonado, San Francisco, CA
  • Your success as a leader can be measured by the success of those who work with you. – Lt. Gen. Bernie Mittemeyer.

Dr. John Barry’s Top Five BEST of Kimbrough 2017

  1. GU Bowl Official Tailgate Party
  2. “Lt. Gen. Mittemeyer… The REAL Bernie” – BGEN James (Tom) Turlington
  3. Men’s Health Panel discussions –  COL. Robert C. Dean
  4. “Implementing and Managing a Multidisciplinary Prostate Cancer Clinic” – LTC Timothy C. Brand
  5. “Biomarkers and Risk Stratification in Prostate Cancer” – E. David Crawford.

Trump Names VA Secretary, Declares War on High Drug Prices

Outlines repeal-and-replace plan for Affordable Care Act

David Shulkin, MD, currently Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the department’s top job, Trump announced at a news conference in New York City on Tuesday.

“One of the commitments I made is that we’re going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans,” Trump said. “Our veterans have been treated horribly. They are waiting in line 15, 16, 17 days [for healthcare]; there are cases where they go in and have a minor, early-stage form of cancer, and by the time they get to the doctor, they’re terminal. That’s not going to happen. David is going to do a fantastic job.”

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At its Annual Business Meeting in San Diego on January 14, 2017, the SGSU membership voted to approve an affiliation arrangement with the newly established USAV – which represents VA urologists nationwide.

SGSU President, Dr.  Hal Frazier stated that the SGSU has recognized for many years that VA urologists are not being well integrated into the SGSU.  He stated that it makes a lot of sense to join together and that both organizations can benefit. USAV President, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, said that this would be a great opportunity for both organizations and the relationship could bring new members, programs and synergies to both organizations. The USAV- organizational affiliation with SGSU was also approved to allow the USAV to fall under 501c6 status and be in compliance with AUA organizational standards for an independent organization.

The USAV web page is: – Dec 18,2016 – VA Applies Bipartisan Provision To Enhance Va Medical Care

New policy will improve staffing at Veterans Administration health clinics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) welcomed the news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will implement one of the key proposals from the bipartisan Veterans Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, helping to ensure veterans can get the care they need from Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

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