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Bob BruininksIn late 2009, former University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks received the diagnosis no one wants to hear: cancer. On an intellectual level, he knew that stage-1 prostate cancer is eminently treatable—and in his case, it had been caught early—but that knowledge was cold comfort when faced with additional tests and the uncertainty of what to do next.

When Ron Poole talks about the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancer (IPUC), he can’t help but showcase the skills that have made him a successful investment counselor. He’s eager to pitch the center and its mission. But just as he would pick a stock or business venture, he supported the CPC only after careful research.

Sidney Thompson has had only one really bad day since being diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago. It came in July 2008, when he learned that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level had risen to the point where he would need chemotherapy.

“That afternoon I was dumpy,” recalls Thompson. “The next morning I made up my mind. I’ve always been a fighter. My parents instilled in us that it’s better to think about how to accomplish something rather than sit around and mope.”

It isn’t uncommon for patients to feel worried and alone after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. They may wonder what the future holds and often have all kinds of questions about the disease and their treatment. To address these issues, the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancer (IPUC) is holding monthly meetings for patients and their families, staying true to its focus on comprehensive care.


Upcoming Visiting Lecturer

Ireland Lectureship

Manoj Monga, MD, FACS

Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: 3-100 Mayo Auditorium 

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In the News

Renal & Urology News
January 20, 2017
Minnesota Public Radio
January 18, 2011