Following his own prostate cancer treatment, PAMF patient Mike Lowe offered to produce a DVD for the Cancer Care Center to give to all newly-diagnosed prostate cancer patients. With support from his doctor, and funding from two foundations, the patient-produced video – “Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Perspective,” is now given by PAMF to each newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient and has had more than 1,000 views on YouTube.
“The Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Perspective” video has guys who have gone through it talking directly to the new prostate cancer patients,” explains Lowe. “I had to do it because I thought it was necessary, and this is my contribution to the welfare of others who get diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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The Prostate Cancer Buddy Program at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation enables interested men to get in touch with other men who have also been diagnosed with prostate cancer and have completed a wide range of prostate cancer treatments.
“The buddies know what the guys are going through, because they’ve been there – and survived,” says Frank delaRama, R.N., MSN, AOCNS, clinical nurse specialist and prostate cancer navigator at PAMF’s Cancer Care Clinic. “They are available to share their own personal experiences, and provide understanding, support and practical information.
Firefighters are usually the ones to save lives. But for firefighter Randy Kelly, it was his family medicine doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Walton, who saved his.
In October 2009, Kelly, who has been a San Francisco Bay Area firefighter for the last 10 years, was in great shape. As well as the outstanding physical fitness required for his job, he was also training for an upcoming trail marathon in Susanville.
“I was at a training class for work and experienced terrible shooting pains in my temples and felt incredibly weak – I had never felt anything like this before,” says Kelly, recalling the moment he knew something was terribly wrong with his health.
Looking for up-to-date Down syndrome resources in person? You’ll find a wealth of materials including books and videos at PAMF’s Mountain View Center Community Health Resource Center – thanks to generous donations from the Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network and PAMF Pediatrician Dr. Jane Chen. The library is free and open to all members of the community.
“I thought my flying days were over, I really did. Until I met the doctors at PAMF,” says Eves Tall Chief. A highly skilled hang glider pilot for more than 30 years, Tall Chief felt his world was crumbling when a dislocated shoulder threatened to ground him for good. “But my PAMF doctors understood me and put me back together.”