Despite recent treatment advancements, prostate cancer remains a significant disease. It’s the most common solid tumor in men, and the second most common cause of tumor death in men. (Only lung cancer is more deadly.)
The good news is that 98 percent of prostate cancer patients live at least five years after diagnosis. Unfortunately, the risk for prostate cancer increases with age. That’s why the support of our donors is so critical.
At the University of Minnesota, we believe that with your support anything is possible. Medical discoveries can transform lives and create a healthier future.
The Power of Giving
The Center for Prostate Cancer, now the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers, was launched with the support of two people who know a lot about living with prostate cancer: Mike and Kathy Dougherty. The couple’s generosity is largely responsible for the Institute’s current multidisciplinary approach.
The couple also inspired donor and former patient Ron Poole to give. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 59, Poole saw firsthand the benefits of the University’s multidisciplinary approach.
Now cancer-free, Poole supports the Center both financially and with the gift of time, serving as a resource for other patients as part of a cancer fund-raising committee for MMF. Poole and his wife Molly have made annual gifts to cancer efforts at the University, including gifts toward prostate cancer research.
The Value of Academic Medicine
As a major research and academic institution, our faculty have access to the resources they need to conduct their groundbreaking work in solving medicine's most complex mysteries. This also allows our patients to have access to the latest clinical trials and the renowned physicians leading them. Together, we are able to push the boundaries of medicine and put forth pioneering new treatments and discoveries that impact us all.