Us TOO in Seattle Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings are open to men with prostate cancer, their loved ones, friends, and caregivers. Our goal is to provide comprehensive information on prostate cancer, its diagnoses, treatments, side effects, current research and other aspects that may be used to help us make informed decisions about the disease. Us TOO in Seattle monthly meetings offer peer-to-peer interaction and support, plus unbiased information from experts in areas related to prostate cancer including surgery, radiation, medication, psychology, healthy lifestyles, and more.
Spouses, partners, other family members and caregivers are welcome.
Each Us TOO in Seattle meeting starts at 6pm with a facilitated discussion between participants followed by an educational presentation at 7pm by a healthcare provider or other speaker. Meetings end promptly at 8:00.Next Meeting
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6 -8 pm
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle --lower level (enter off the parking lot behind the building)
Roundtable discussion among members and guests, 6 pm to 7 pm.
Dr. Evan Yu, 7 pm to 8 pm.
Evan Ya-Wen Yu, MD is a medical oncologist who treats prostate, bladder, and testicular cancer. He’s passionate about searching for the next wave of cancer treatments—targeted agents with greater cancer specificity and fewer side effects. His respect and compassion for people undergoing cancer treatment were already in place but deepened when his father developed bladder cancer. Now he’s dedicated to strengthening the links between clinical care and laboratory research so the prognosis for patients gets better and better.
“I always wanted to be a physician,” says Dr. Yu, a Washington native who completed medical school at the University of Washington in 1998. During the summer after his first year of medical school, Dr. Yu worked with a urologist and met men being treated for prostate cancer. The patients, grappling with their diagnosis and considering their options, inspired him to specialize in oncology. “The patients were figuring out the really important things in life at that point,” he explains, re-evaluating their priorities in light of their disease and treatment. “Even though there was so much trauma going on in their life, they had so much calmness and tranquility,” he recalls.
After medical school, Dr. Yu spent about seven years in the Boston area doing both clinical and research work. In October 2004, Yu returned to Seattle to join SCCA where he gained a unique opportunity to take part in innovative cancer research.
Before his father’s illness, Dr. Yu was very much a molecular scientist, he says. But having someone close to him get cancer made him think about the disease more holistically, rather than only as a ball of abnormal cells or a sample in a tissue culture dish. “Scientific understanding and science-based treatments are important, of course,” says Dr. Yu, who still has a strong scientific bent. “But there’s so much more to treating cancer than that.”
“At the end of the day,” he says, “it’s really about the patient as a whole.”
Wednesday, February 26, 2020: 6:00 p.m. Us TOO February meeting with Dr. Jonathan Chen
Wednesday, March 25, 2020: 6:00 p.m. Us TOO February meeting with Dr. Robert Meier