December 2016
Happy Holidays!

Illustration by Steph Doyle

Hi folks ---
Welcome to the December issue of CPDR e-News!


All of us at CPDR wish you a very happy holiday season complete with all the things and people that fill your life with happiness, meaning and joy!  


Here is what is happening at the Prostate Center.



Welcome Aboard!Ms Merlene Robinson, RN

Please welcome Ms Merlene Robinson, RN, who has just joined our team. She comes to us with 16 years of experience as a registered nurse, five of which have been in oncology. We are delighted to have her with us.

Walter Reed - WRNMMC
Information/Support Group Meetings
Meetings are every 3rd Thursday of the month

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Times: 1300-1400 and 1830-1930
Location: River Conference Room, America Building, 3rd floor (next to Prostate Center).
Parking: America Garage
NOTE: A military ID card is required to get on base. Attendees without a military ID need to call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 at least 4 business days in advance to complete paperwork for gate access approval. They will also need some form of picture identification at the gate.

Family and friends are always welcomed (military and civilian).
Fort Belvoir Icon
Fort Belvoir Community Hospital
Information/Support Group Meetings
Meetings are every 2nd Thursday of the month

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Times: 1300-1400 and 1830-1930
Location: Urology Clinic
(2nd floor, Sunrise Pavilion)

Family and friends are always welcomed (military and civilian).
WRNMMC Us TOO Newsletter

Newsletter IconClick here to read the November 2016 issue of the Walter Reed UsTOO newsletter.


It includes a summary of Dr. Glover’s August presentation “ A Urologist is Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer--Now What?“ in which he addresses HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment.

Check out previous presentations archived on our website at or click Quarterly US TOO Newsletter". Choose either "current newsletter" or "newsletter archive".

Educational Resources - Urinary Incontinence

Check out (Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association).


Also check out This website has a variety of programs by Phoenix Core Solutions. Click on “Abdominal Core Power” for resources related to bladder health. There you will find several programs, such as “Bladder Health Personal Care Kit”, “Abdominal Core Power Kit”, and “Men’s Care Kit”. (Cost of each kit is $39.00). The kits include a ball and band to assist with pelvic muscle exercises; some include a CD or DVD.


Go to This website contains many health-related publications. Click on “Prostate Disorders” and then “Managing Urinary Incontinence After Prostate Cancer Surgery.”
(Cost is $19.95).


And check out This website from Johns Hopkins University has much information related to prostate cancer, as well as urinary incontinence.

Check out the well-respected book by Janet Hulme, M.S., P.T. - Beyond Kegels.
Fabulous Four Exercises and More to Treat and Prevent Incontinence.


Need support regaining urinary control?
Ms Catherine Gray

1. Make an appointment to see Ms Catherine Gray, Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist, in the Urology Clinic at WRNMMC.

2. You will need a referral from your urology care provider for pelvic floor therapy.

3. Call Ms Gray for an appointment at 301-295-0665.

Want to be a Battle Buddy?

A battle buddy is someone who has been treated for prostate cancer and wants to help the next guy who is embarking on the same treatment pathway.

It is not being a medical advisor, but rather a peer supporter -- someone who has been " in the trenches" of that particular treatment and wants to support the new patient by offering them the wisdom of their experience as well as encouragement and a spirit of brotherhood!


If you're interested, please contact me: 301-319-2918

Psychological Support

Support for you and/or your family is available from our social work team. No referral is needed for an appointment. Just call them at the numbers below.

Walter Reed :
Ms Ellen Bowers
- 301-319-2893

Fort Belvoir:
Ms Donna Horn-Hooks
- 571-231-3504.

Previous issues of
CPDR e-News

You can access previous issues of the CPDR e-News on our CPDR website - under the Patient Information link.



Our phone number is 301-319-2900 if you would like to make an appointment with us.

One more thing…

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

-- Eleanor Brownn

So, folks, that is the news from here! Have a great, great day. Take good care of yourselves!

Jane L. Hudak, RN, Ph.D.
Colonel, Army Nurse Corps, US Army (Ret)
Patient Educator
Center for Prostate Disease Research
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
4954 North Palmer Road
Bethesda, MD 20889
America Building, 3rd floor

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