December 2018

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

The holiday season is upon us … ready or not! We’re hoping you can hit the “pause” button and enjoy the simple pleasures of life amidst the hustle and bustle of the season! All of us at CPDR wish you a very happy holiday season filled with all the people and activities that bring you happiness, meaning and joy!

Here is what is happening at the Prostate Center.

Information/Support Group Meeting at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Meetings are every 2nd Thursday of the month

Date: Thursday 13 Dec
Times: 1300-1400 and 1830-1930
Location: Urology Clinic (2nd floor, Sunrise Pavilion)

Note: A military ID is required to get on post at Fort Belvoir. Attendees without a military ID need to arrive at the gate about 1 hour before the meeting to complete paperwork for post access. Also bring some form of picture identification.

Family and friends are always welcomed (military and civilian).

Information/Support Group Meeting at Walter Reed

Meetings are every 3rd Thursday of the month

Date: Thursday 20 Dec
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. Also bring some form of picture identification at the gate.

Family and friends are always welcomed (military and civilian).

Snow day: If the federal government is closed the day of the meeting, the meeting is cancelled. If the federal government has a delayed opening that day, the show will go on! Call the Prostate Center at 301-319-2900 if you have any questions.

Welcome aboard!

Please welcome Ms Sarah Woodis to our team. She has been an ICU nurse for the last ten years at Johns Hopkins Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Saluting Vin McDonald

Vin McDonald has just submitted his “retirement papers” as editor of the quarterly Us TOO Newsletter. He has been the loyal and faithful editor of the newsletter for the past 17 years providing the readership with up-to-date news about prostate cancer. We are grateful to Vin for giving so selflessly of his time as a volunteer and for his steadfast commitment to the Us TOO support group. In addition to being the editor, Vin has held every positon on the Walter Reed chapter of the Us TOO Board of Directors, sometimes several positions simultaneously! (He is definitely an overachiever!) He was president for five years, vice president for six years, treasurer for four years, and secretary for six years. Thankfully, Vin remains on the Board of Directors today continuing to provide leadership and wisdom. Thank you, Vin.

Retiring the Us TOO Newsletter

With the retirement of our editor, Vin, the Board of Directors agreed that the time was right to retire the quarterly US TOO Newsletter. With the internet of today there is no lack of information about prostate cancer! We will continue to send out the monthly CPDR e-News which will include links to various websites that you may find helpful.

Previous Issues

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

Patient Information

Please click on the link below to read the monthly Us TOO Hot Sheet which highlights the latest information on treatment strategies.


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:
FYI- Ms Donna Horn-Hooks has relocated out of state. Her replacement has not yet been named.


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

One More Thing...

“December: A month of lights, snow, and feasts. A time to make amends, and tie up loose ends. A time to finish what you started and hope that your dreams come true.”

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, HJF
In support of Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR)
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Building 19, 3rd floor
4954 North Palmer Road
Bethesda, MD 20899

Phone: 301-319-2918
Email: jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the
Advancement of Military Medicine