TC Conference Guest Speaker - John Klish (Klishy)

We are excited to welcome John Klish (Klishy) as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. John Klish was born with bi-lateral profound hearing loss, meaning profoundly deaf. That didn’t stop him from following his dreams. He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in mechanical engineering while racing on the collegiate cycling team.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Tom Willner

We are excited to welcome Tom Willner as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Tom Willner, President of Tom Willner Music and co-founder of Center Stage Education, is a musician, published songwriter, playwright, speaker, and author. He is a testicular cancer survivor who has written a musical and a book about his experience that raise awareness and funding for cancer charities, and teach healthcare professionals about the patient experience.

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TC Conference Honorary Guest Speaker - Dr. Lawrence Einhorn

We are excited to welcome back Dr. Lawrence Einhorn as our honorary guest speaker, world renowned tc medical expert at our Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Lawrence Einhorn, MD, has been on the IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine faculty since 1973. His field of expertise includes clinical trials and supportive care, with focus in the areas of lung and testicular cancers. Dr. Einhorn has also been involved in the clinical development of new drug therapies. Studies chaired by Dr. Einhorn at IU School of Medicine in testicular cancer led to the FDA approval of cisplatin, etoposide and ifosfamide. In addition, his groups conducted the pivotal studies that led to the approval of both gemcitabine and pemetrexed in non-small cell lung cancer. Dr. Einhorn’s studies helped to save many lives turning testicular cancer into a highly curable cancer with a 90% overall survival rate.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Dr. Ajay K. Nangia

We are excited and honored to welcome back Dr. Ajay K. Nangia as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Dr. Ajay K. Nangia is Professor and Vice-Chair of Urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Nangia received his medical degree from St. Thomas and Guy's Hospital Medical School in London, U.K. He completed two years of research at Yale University prior to residency. He completed his Urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Male Infertility and Microsurgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Nangia was at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire prior to coming to Kansas. Dr. Nangia is a fellowship trained male infertility specialist in the metropolitan Kansas City area with 18 years of experience and national involvement in the field. He is one of the leading male infertility specialists nationally. He has extensive experience in male infertility, urological microsurgical reconstruction, including vasectomy reversals in the Kansas, Western Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska region. He also specializes in Men's Health issues as they relate to sexual and reproductive health, especially male contraception, testosterone deficiency, erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory problems. He and Dr. Broghammer have one of the largest practices in surgical correction for erectile dysfunction (penile prostheses) in the region. He also specializes in fertility and sexual dysfunction issues related to spinal cord injuries and pre- and post-cancer treatment. Dr. Nangia is a leading national specialist in the field of male infertility, vasectomy reversals, vasectomies and complications from vasectomies. He also has a secondary specialty in stone disease.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Dr. Phillip Pierorazio

We are excited and honored to welcome back Dr. Phillip Pierorazio as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Dr. Phillip Pierorazio is an Assistant Professor of Urology and Oncology in the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Pierorazio is originally from New York, received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and his medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City where he completed a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship in Urologic Oncology.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Dr. Nicholas Cost

We are excited and honored to welcome back Dr. Nicholas Cost as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Dr. Nicholas Cost is a assistant professor, surgery-urology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Cost’s interest in testicular cancer has guided his training and career development. Testicular cancer is a disease that affects boys and men of all ages. For that reason, after completing his residency in Urology and Urologic Surgery, he pursued fellowship training in both urologic oncology (cancer treatment) and pediatric urology. This allows him to provide care to children, adolescents, and adults with testicular cancer at both “adult” and “pediatric” hospitals. I am involved with testicular cancer both as a clinician and as a researcher. My particular areas of focus include: Robotic surgery for testicular cancer, testicular cancer in adolescents and the Long-term effects of testicular-cancer treatment. Dr. Cost’s additional clinical interests are in cancers and tumors in children, adolescents, and adults. Specifically kidney tumors (Wilms Tumor, Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC), Angiomyolipomas(AML)), Testicular and Para-testicular tumors, and Pelvic Tumors (Rhabdomyosarcomas). This additionally includes patients with tumor predisposition syndromes such as von Hippel Lindau, Tuberous Sclerosis, and Birt-Hogg-Dube. His training in both urologic oncology and pediatric urology has prepared me to care for these patients of all ages and can see them either through Children's Hospital Colorado or through the University Hospital. Dr. Cost is also interested in the use of minimally invasive surgery (robotic-assisted laparoscopy, laparoscopy, single-site laparoscopy, and endoscopy) for all variety of urologic conditions. Within other areas of Pediatric Urology, he is interested in Ureteropelvic junction obstruction, Vesicoureteral reflux, and Urolithiasis (kidney stones).

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Dr. Clint Cary

We are excited and honored to welcome back Dr. Clint Cary as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Dr. Clint Cary is an Assistant Professor of Urology in the Department of Urology at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Cary is originally from Tennessee and received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Tennessee.  He completed his training in urologic surgery at Indiana University and then completed a 2-year urologic oncology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.  While in his fellowship, he also completed a Master of Public Heath (MPH) degree with a focus on epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Skip Hudson

We are honored and excited to welcome Skip Hudson as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Skip is an entrepreneur with over 33 years of practical experience as a small business owner (6 companies) or department director for large public and private organizations (7).  He also served as President of a health-related non-profit company (TCAF).  He is a proven project and program manager.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - David Jacobs

We are honored and excited to welcome David Jacobs as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference. David originally started working in the fitness industry as a professional wrestler which he states was an amazing and eye-opening experience. He was constantly surrounded by huge characters with incredible physiques who inspired him to take his fitness to the next level. It was at this time that David really started training hard and doing a lot of research to learn as much as possible about bodybuilding and nutrition. Being a wrestler was a fantastic time in David’s life, but it takes a toll on your body, so he decided to pursue a career in personal training.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Dr. Costantine Albany

We are excited and honored to welcome Dr. Costantine Albany as a guest speaker at our Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Dr. Costantine Albany is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Albany completed his fellowship training in medical oncology at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Albany has expertise in treating cancer of the genitourinary tract such as testicular cancer as well as prostate and bladder cancer. His special interest treating advanced testicular cancer and mediastinal germ cell tumors.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Thomas Cantley "Mr. Ballsy"

We are excited to welcome back Thomas Cantly “Mr. Ballsy” as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Thomas Cantly was inspired after being diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer that spread to his lymph nodes, because he put off going to the doctor. He created a campaign that received worldwide attention, pushing a giant inflatable testicle across two countries and over 8,000 miles to raise awareness for testicular cancer.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - BJ "Honkey" Lange

ast year BJ Lange was an attendee and this year we are honored to welcome him back as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. BJ Lange is a current resident of Los Angeles and a native to St. Louis, Missouri. BJ is an alumnus of iO West (formerly improvOlympic West), Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, and a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory, long form program, and musical improv programs. He has also studied at The Groundlings Theater.

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TC Conference Guest Speaker - Jack Broadley

Last year Jack Broadley was an attendee and this year we are honored to welcome him back as a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Conference 2018. Jack Broadley is the Founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Baggy Trousers UK. A charity based in Greater Manchester, England whose purpose is to raise the profile and public awareness of testicular cancer, educate males and those in contact with males on self-examination and offer support to boys and men directly affected by testicular cancer.

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Strength Is Freedom

I was a prisoner of my past.  My prison warden was someone called “I used to”.  “I used to” would remind me of my previous accomplishments lifting humongous weights, running long distances, and various feats of acrobatics.  The warden was quick to steal the joy out of my life and pull the rug out from under me whenever I attempted to regain the strength I was so proud of having before.  I spent many days feeling sorry for myself and lamenting the things I could no longer do until one day I decided I was done with the suffering.

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