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San Antonio hosts first national Web seminar for prostate cancer survivors

San Antonio (May 12, 2003) — San Antonio is the first city to preview a new resource for men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), a common side effect following prostate cancer surgery and a condition affecting more than one in 10 men in the United States. The Erectile Dysfunction Institute (EDi) is sponsoring a free public seminar titled Life After Prostate Cancer at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in Lecture Hall 3.102B near the Briscoe Library on the Central Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). EDi will broadcast the seminar live via its Web site at www.cure-ed.org. The Web site's national launch is scheduled for next month. The session also is for partners of prostate cancer survivors.

Created by a group of top urologists and nurses who focus on the treatment of erectile dysfunction, EDi provides a safe, supportive environment for ED sufferers to gather objective information about all viable options for treating ED through its Web site or a toll-free Nurse Support Line — all from the privacy of their home. Men can contact an EDi nurse to ask questions, explore treatments and schedule appointments with a network of more than 100 ED specialists across the nation.

The Web seminar will feature personal accounts from Richard Howe, Ph.D., former president and COO of Pennzoil Co. and 13-year prostate cancer survivor, and his wife, Desiree, author of the book, "His Prostate and Me," which chronicles the Howes' journey through prostate cancer. "We are involved with EDi because we want men and their families to know that they are not alone, and that options exist for treating and curing erectile dysfunction," Dr. Howe said.

LeRoy A. Jones Jr., M.D., UTHSCSA assistant professor of urology, will present on a range of treatment options for ED. "Erectile dysfunction can be common after treatment for prostate cancer, but the condition also is prevalent among men with diabetes, spinal cord injuries and cardiovascular disease," Dr. Jones said. "If a man is motivated to restore his quality of life, we have the ability to restore it with new therapies, including oral medication, injections and prostheses. The options are there. Men can return to the quality of life they enjoyed before prostate cancer."

Reservations for the seminar are recommended and can be made through EDi at 1-866-282-2126.

Contact: Aileen Salinas, (210) 567-2570, or Jennifer Moire, EDi, (952) 930-6345