Prostate Cancer Organization of the Ozarks

Dr. Abe Abdalla

Dr. Abe Abdalla, Radiation Oncologist is the lead for the PCOO. Dr. Abdalla’s passion for fighting prostate cancer was the starting point for the group’s organization.

What is the Prostate Cancer Organization of the Ozarks (PCOO)?

The Prostate Cancer Organization of the Ozarks works under the guidance and with support from the CoxHealth Foundation. This group of community stakeholders have one mission: STOP Prostate Cancer . . . it’s that simple! The group was formed as a partnership with the Hulston Cancer Center leadership, physicians and staff, with prostate cancer survivors throughout our community and those individuals committed to stopping prostate cancer.

The group strives to:

  • Create greater awareness for Prostate Cancer
  • Educate men on the facts of this disease, prevention and screening
  • Assist with the underserved in getting the help they need for their disease
  • Work towards funding a Prostate Cancer Navigator for patients
  • Work towards a Prostate Cancer Multi-specialty clinic
Prostate cancer survivor Rob Voss talks to the golfers at Top to Bottom Golf Tourney, benefiting the Prostate Cancer Organization of the Ozarks, about the importance of men getting tested for the disease.

Prostate cancer survivor Rob Voss talks to the golfers at Top to Bottom tourney about the importance of men getting test for the disease.

Established in 2016, the PCOO has raised over $100,000 and has hosted three live educational programs, two in partnership with Ferrell-Duncan Clinic Urology. Additionally, a large number of prostate cancer patients have received financial assistance to help with expenses related to their medical care. The “hand-up” approach of offering financial grants gives these patients the things they need, but cannot afford in the fight against their disease.

Key Statistics About Prostate Cancer

  • Over 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • About 29,430 prostate cancer deaths occur each year
  • 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime
  • There are over 2.9 million prostate cancer survivors in the U.S.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men (excluding skin cancers)

Why care about prostate cancer?

Each year, over 160,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with prostate cancer. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in American men, but with earlier detection and advanced treatments, over 2.9 million prostate cancer survivors are living in the U.S. today.

Who gets prostate cancer?

Any man can get prostate cancer, though the risk significantly increases in men over age 50. Prostate cancer is more common in African American men than other races. Having a family history of prostate cancer also increases your risk, particularly if you have a father and/or brother who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

What can you do?

If you are 50 or older, talk to your healthcare provider about prostate cancer and whether screening for prostate cancer would be right for you. African American men or those with a family history should start this discussion at age 45. Screening includes a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and sometimes a digital rectal exam (DRE).

Prostate Cancer Treatment

  • There are several treatment options for prostate cancer, and your options depend upon your unique situation
  • In general, prostate cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy (external beam or prostate seed brachytherapy), cryotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy or active surveillance (watchful waiting)
    • Surgery: prostatectomy involves removal of the prostate, a radical prostatectomy includes removal of the prostate as well as surrounding tissue
    • Radiation Therapy: uses high energy-rays to kill the cancer
      • External Radiation Therapy: a machine directs radiation beams at the cancer cells from outside the body
      • Prostate Seed Brachytherapy (internal radiation): radioactive seeds are surgically placed in or near the cancer to kill cancer cells
    • Cryotherapy: a probe is placed inside or near the prostate cancer, freezing and killing cancer cells
    • Chemotherapy: uses medications to treat prostate cancer throughout the body
    • Hormone therapy: the goal of hormone therapy is to reduce levels of male hormones that can stimulate prostate cancer cells to grow
    • Active surveillance: physician monitors the cancer closely, sometimes with prostate-specific antigen blood test, digital rectal exams and/or prostate biopsies
  • It is important to fully understand your prostate cancer and treatment options.

Contact us: If you have a question about prostate cancer, treatment options or would like to get in touch with someone who has gone through prostate cancer treatment, contact us today! You can also call 1-800-269-PCOO.