Blue is to prostate cancer as pink is to breast cancer.
Affected by prostate cancer?
We know what you're going through and may be of help.
To collaborate with a variety of providers or agencies and make reliable, unbiased information about prostate cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment accessible to those affected; including veterans, spouses and significant others, no matter where they receive care, and at no cost.
In 1991, Us TOO International was founded as a global nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to those affected by prostate cancer. In 2012, Us TOO Rochester became an affiliate chapter founded by Patrick Fisher, a local survivor. His first meeting was attended by 35 persons. Today, chapter membership exceeds 250 survivors who share their experience. Patrick remained as Chapter Leader 2012-2017.
Mark & Peggy Richardson
Mark and Peggy are retired, have three children, many grandchildren, and live in Pittsford NY. Mark is a Vietnam era Veteran who holds a B.S. degree and worked at Kodak and Carestream Health for 41 years. Peggy has certification in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Cornell NYSSILR and a B.A. degree from SUNY Brockport. She was Director at the Center for Dispute Settlement, Finger Lakes Region. They welcome new guests and would like to hear from you.
It's the 5th Annual SEA-Blue Ribbon Walk! Sunday, September 15, 2019. (8 a.m. - Noon). This year, we're walking inside The Mall at Greece Ridge among antique & classic cars by Street Machines of Rochester! Prize drawings every 20 minutes & family fun too! To register now, click here.
For date, time and location of upcoming meetings, conference calls and events, scroll down to our online calendar below.
Click here to access a list of book titles recommended by local survivors and providers.
Us TOO Rochester conducts peer support meetings for those concerned about prostate cancer, and conference calls for care-givers, on a regular basis. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to attend. Walk-ins are also welcome. Check the chapter calendar below for the next meeting or conference call scheduled, or send Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Us TOO Rochester collaborates with local medical providers and health care agencies to schedule patient education seminars where subject matter experts share important information regarding prostate cancer. Check the chapter calendar below for the next seminar scheduled, or send Email to: email@example.com
Us TOO International provides free access to unbiased information about screening, imaging, treatment and research regarding all stages of prostate cancer.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network on Prostate Cancer
NOTE: Men should abstain from sex and bicycle riding for 48 hours prior to a PSA blood test. Always seek a second opinion from an alternate provider at an alternate institution.
NOTE: Many report no side effects; but there is potential for radiation burn, fecal or urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, urethra or bladder strictures, bladder or other cancer caused by radiation. Side effects, if any, may not appear until 2-5 years later. Many also note success with rehabilitative therapies. Patients considering radiation as primary treatment need to know that surgery following radiation is more complicated and may present additional challenges. Always confirm number of visits, duration & cost per visit. Also, ask about:
NOTE: Many report no side effects; but there is potential for fecal or urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction, urethra or bladder strictures. For most, those side effects, if any, continue to improve over 2-5 years. Many also note additional success with therapy. Patients considering radiation as primary treatment need to know that surgery following radiation is more complicated and may present additional challenges. Also, ask about:
FOR MORE READING:
Visit our chapter's online library that lists books and publications recommended by survivors, providers and others.
Successful chapter events require your help. If you would like to volunteer or want to sponsor a prostate cancer awareness event, provide your email address and click on "Count Me In". Or, complete the form below with your specific request.
Affected by prostate cancer?
Get to know the folks at Us TOO Rochester. You'll be glad you did.
Use the form above to send us a message or give us a call.
We want to hear from you.
Mark & Peggy Richardson, Chapter Leaders