Events/Speakers

Attend our next meeting listed below. Updated 13 October 2019.

THANK YOU – New for 2019, as an attendance thank you, we will be drawing for one nice gift for an attending member at each monthly meeting.  We have a variety of things for giving, so please plan on attending as much as possible and see what you might win.  We appreciate each and every one of you who give up a portion of their evening to come and share your stories, and help educate those who are newly diagnosed.  This is our way of giving back.

Thanks,

Donna

Meetings

All meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m except November.  See November’s meeting listing for further information.   Please check below for place of meeting and when known information about the speaker and topic and a brief professional bio will also be given.

  • We invite speakers to share with us during the first hour and if we have no speaker we may have a video relating to prostate cancer to view.
  • The second hour we invite newly diagnosed patients to discuss their considerations for treatment.

Meetings are held monthly, except for no meetings in January, February, and December.

Note:  If you have questions or concerns before the meetings feel free to contact Dave Evans, or one of our counselors as listed in our Support Group Counselors/Contact Us tab.

Meetings

(Note: Check the March meeting for where to go for “Room 1″)

calendar_Clip_ArtJanuary 17 2019         No meeting.  See note above.

February 21, 2019     No meeting.  See note above.

March 21, 2019 Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island, Room 1 (go all the way down the hall past the  Jardine Conference Room.  Turn left, go to the end , and the room is on the right.) 7 to 9 pm   In March we have;  Judith Howell, RN, and Dan Moore, RN, with the Unity Point-Trinity Cancer Center will present an informational update of topics in “Diagnosis through Treatment”  A Twenty dollar gift certificate to use at Chick-fil-A was won by Larry for attending the meeting.

April 18, 2019   Bettendorf Campus of Unity Point Trinity, 4480 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf, IA in Conference Room A/B, located in the lower level just past the Cafeteria.  7 to 9 pm  In April we have;  Tracy Taylor, Ambassador Territory Manager, for Boston Scientific – AMS Men’s Health, will talk about artificial sphincters and penile implants, and possibly have samples to view.  She also can tell us about a new injectable jell available that protects other organs when receiving radiation to the prostate.  Tracy has asked Dr. Matt Bream with Urological Associates to join us, but does not have confirmation yet.

May 16, 2019

Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island, Room 1 ,  7 to 9 pm

In May we have Steve Trainor, a member of our group, will regale us with his prostate cancer journey.  How and why did he choose active surveillance? What did the first surgeon tell him?  Why did he switch urologists?  What happened over the next 3 years (Iowa City and Mayo)?  What has he paid so far?  Steve will share his knowledge which may be pertinent to your journey, and answer questions.

June 20, 2019  Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island,  Room 1, 7 to 9 pm  

  In June we have;  Jake and Diane Lowe, are longtime group members.  Jake was diagnosed in 2006, and together with Diane they embarked on a path of using nutrition and watchful waiting to conquer Jake’s prostate cancer.  Their story includes many details, and some additional factors they’ve had to deal with along the way, but it is a story of hope for those who choose watchful waiting.

July 18, 2019  Bettendorf Campus of Unity Point Trinity, 4480 Utica Ridge Road, Bettendorf, IA in Conference Room A/B, located in the lower level just past the Cafeteria.  7 to 9 pm

This month’s presentation will be a video from the Prostate Cancer Research Institute’s 2018 Prostate Cancer Conference.  Eugene Kwon, MD, Mayo Clinic, discusses the dissimilarity of prostate cancer cells, why it matters, the importance of imaging versus relying on PSA alone, and responses to treatment based on the type of cancer cells.

August 15, 2019  Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island, Room 1,   7 to 9 pm

In August we have Cliff Pollack will tell how/why he became a patient advocate and what he does in that role.  He and his wife Marilyn will also relate their prostate cancer journey.

 September 19, 2019  Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island,  Room 1,  7 to 9 pm.

 Roger Kromphart, a member of our group, is attending the 2019 Prostate Cancer Research Institute Patient Conference, and will present the high points of the conference.  The conference is for patients and caregivers, not doctors, so medical jargon will be at a minimum.  The conference will cover many topics related to prostate cancer and treatment options.  Come hear Roger share the latest news in the treatment of prostate cancer. He is an experienced presenter and should have some good information to share.

 October 17, 2019 Unity Point West – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island,  Room 1, 7 to 9 pm

Our planned speaker this month had to cancel.  Trinity is trying to arrange a Nutritionist or Social Worker who deals with cancer patients.  If we do not get a speaker we plan to do a briefing we have developed for groups who would like to learn more about prostate cancer and our group.  We think the charts could be used by any prostate cancer survivor to address groups, of which they are a member, that would like to learn more about prostate cancer.  If you are reluctant to address a group, we are willing to present the briefing for any group for which you make the arrangements.  Of course, we would need to know before you make a firm commitment to assure we will be available.

Following that presentation, we will have our usual open forum, during which any newly diagnosed individuals can request/receive information from group members who have already followed that journey.

Plan to attend whether we have a speaker, or to offer your input on how we can improve the briefing.  If you’ve a longer term member, your input is always valuable to those who are newly diagnosed.  There will be a drawing for an attendance prize for any member who attends.

November 21, 2019 Unity Point – Trinity, 24th Street, Campus, Rock Island, Jardine Conference Room

Pictures taken at the 2018 dinner can be found here https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yskb27Jthc1ZvWH5A

Events:

January

John Deere Seeding Health Fair.

February

Rock Island Arsenal Health Fair.

March April May

Mid American Energy Health Fair,

June

Deere Davenport Works Health Fair, June 7, 2018 6 am – 3 pm

September

On September 21, 2019 at the QC Marathon packet pickup at the Taxslayer we have arranged to have phlebotomists from the Heartland Urological Group present to do blood draws from 10am – 2pm that day.   We also will have our brochures containing a coupon for a free PSA draw at a later date available to hand out.  Heartland Urological Associates, with primary office in Davenport and a satellite office in Moline.  See the Home page for more information.

The men in the mexican communities have a higher degree of having prostate cancer.

Other men who have a history of cancer in their family are also at high risk of having or getting prostate cancer.

September 

September 21, 2019 10:00 am — RUN/ WALK FOR PROSTATE CANCER as part of the Quad Cities Marathon weekend activities. Join the walk and support our efforts. See the home page for more information.  The funds from the Marathon stay in the Greater Quad Cities Region and are used to provide educational materials to men and their families dealing with prostate cancer. ALSO WE WILL HAVE A SPECIAL AWARD TO BE GIVEN TO ANY CITY THAT ENCOURAGES THEIR CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ONE MILE WALK FOR PROSTATE CANCER.  THE CITY THAT HAS THE MOST ENTRIES WILL RECIEVE A TRAVELING TROPHY FOR ONE YEAR TO SIT IN THEIR OFFICE.  OUR SUPPORT GROUP WILL ALSO OFFER TO CONDUCT A FREE PSA SCREENING TO ANY GROUP OR ORGANIZATION IN THEIR CITY. 

Also anyone who has had to deal with prostate cancer or know of someone in memory who had prostate cnacer and would like to partake in the Warrior Marathon relay team can contact me at larryxc@sbcglobal.net  A relay team consists of five runners each running a leg of the course.