WRNMMC UsTOO! Chapter
The WRAMC chapter of Us TOO International (now called the WRNMMC chapter), in partnership with CPDR since Aug 1991, provides education and support to military and civilian men with prostate cancer and their families through its popular monthly support group meetings. The Patient Educator and a prostate cancer survivor co-facilitate two meetings each month (a daytime and an evening group) offering approximately 25-30 patients and their families the opportunity to share with others their cancer story and to learn more about prostate cancer, various treatment modalities and issues related to post-treatment, as well as clinical research opportunities.
The WRNMMC UsTOO! chapter also hosts a quarterly Guest Speaker Program for the military and civilian community of prostate cancer patients and their families. An invited health care professional speaks to the group on important issues for men with prostate cancer. This quarterly event typically draws about 30-60 attendees. The presentations, as well as other pertinent items of interest, are published in the WRNMMC Us TOO quarterly newsletter. The newsletter is mailed to its readership of approximately 2200 men. In August 2011, as Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed and moved to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the newsletter became an online publication only available on the CPDR website.
To facilitate continuity of care for our prostate cancer patients (particularly during the moves to WRNMMC and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital), the CPDR e-News was expanded to a wider population of CPDR patients. The CPDR e-News is a monthly email message sent to currently 1300 patients providing updated information regarding CPDR, support groups, educational presentations and resources, and research opportunities as appropriate as well as the quarterly Us TOO newsletter.
For information about the monthly support groups at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, please contact Dr. Jane Hudak (phone: 301-319-2900)
Read the February 2017 CPDR E-Newsletter
June 23, 2016
by Paula Amann
Published in the June 2016 issue of Military Medical Research News, a monthly newsletter of the Department of Research Programs, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Fine-tuning facial transplants, predicting bone fractures, shrinking prostate cancers with new drugs and cutting the costs of surgical training with the right technology: These were among the problems probed by competition winners for 2016 Research and Innovation Month at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).
RAP winners included LT Daniel Griffin, MC (resident laboratory category); CPT Sarah Placek, MC (resident clinical); Charles P. Xavier, Ph.D. (staff laboratory); and Benjamin Sheffield (staff clinical).