Testicular Cancer Summit Blogs #TestesSummit
Testicular Cancer Summit Blogs #TestesSummit
At the Testicular Cancer Summit, we will have not one but two amazing testicular cancer doctors on hand to answer your questions in two hour-long "Ask the Oncologists Anything Q&A" breakout sessions, Dr Phil Pierorazio of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Dr Clint Cary of Indiana University! You've already been introduced to Dr Pierorazio, but here's a bit about Dr Clint Cary!
After being diagnosed with stage 3 Testicular Cancer that spread to my lymph nodes (because I put off going to the doctor), I got inspired. Two years ago, I created a campaign that received worldwide attention - I pushed a giant inflatable testicle across 2 countries and over 8,000 miles to raise awareness for this cancer. Yes, you heard that right, a giant NUT!
Steve Fillmore was diagnosed with his first cancer at age 41. The first cancer was a life disruptor at first but taken care of with an orchidectomy. Then one year later the cancer had come back in a different location in his body. With the cancer coming back a second time, Steve needed to do several rounds of chemo. While going through chemo, Steve began his journey in using whole food nutrition and mindset to heal the body.
The Testicular Cancer Summit is pleased to have Emily Cox-Martin, PhD as a panelist! "I am a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Working in the field of Psycho-Oncology, I help patients improve coping and adjustment around their diagnosis. I focus on the difficulties that emerge at the intersection of cancer and mental health across the cancer continuum, from diagnosis into survivorship.
42 years ago today I heard those fateful words... "it's cancer"... I went on to also hear my doctor tell me he knew of ONE patient with my pathology that LIVED... I was told I had a less than 10% chance of survival... and yet here I am over 4 decades later!! In a couple months we will travel to Denver to participate in the first ever Testicular Cancer Summit and will finally get to meet many of our brother and sister survivors!
I am an urologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland and a passionate advocate for our testicular cancer patients. I am a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines Committee for Testicular Cancer and considered among the experts in robotic and open retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. There is no cancer like testicular cancer, it affects young men and because of the high cure rate, can have lasting effects for decades after successful treatment. For those reasons and more, there is no patient population like testicular cancer survivors – and there is no more rewarding group for whom to care.
Jason is looking forward to the Testicular Cancer Summit because it is a great way for all members of the Testicular Cancer community to come together and interact. He will be able to share his story with others, but also learn from other Testicular Cancer survivors as well! There will be survivors from all over the world and many Testicular Cancer foundations, as well as world renowned doctors who specialize in the treatment of Testicular Cancer. With all these elements and this being the first event of its kind anywhere in the world, the event is sure to be a major success! Jason will be speaking about his cancer journey as a student in high school and the impact it had on his life. He will also be discussing what young men can do to be more active about Testicular Cancer awareness in their own communities.
The Jaimeson Jones Memorial Scholarship has two missions: Providing scholarships to families who have experienced childhood cancer, and preaching early detection of TC by teaching its signs and symptoms. JJMS is dedicated to changing the culture of silence about men’s health and heightening people’s awareness about testicular cancer, and to do that, we get them where they live: with humor. We are beyond honored and thrilled to be attending the first-ever Testicular Cancer Summit.
I'm a fighter, and a survivor, just like all of you. I've become a recognized writer on the topic of young adult cancer, with blogs that have reached hundred of thousands if not millions across the world on multiple platforms. By pure chance and amazing synchronicity with another writer and survivor wanting to do the same thing, I'm the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of this Testicular Cancer Summit as one of those individual survivors. One of my nearest and dearest roles, however, is as a Director at the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation, where I've been a Blogger since 2014. On behalf of TCAF CEO, Kim Jones, I'm excited to share with you the story and mission of the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.
I am excited to have the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the Testicular Cancer Summit but more importantly, for the opportunity to meet so many other survivors and caregivers face to face and learn of your experiences. Whether we are a survivor, caregiver or healthcare professional we have each traveled a unique path to where we are today. I look forward to being able to share ways that we can continue to move forward and get back to living life. After our experiences, life may never be the same as it was before we were affected, but I hope that we can all find ways to embrace the “new normal.” I look forward to seeing you all in Denver.