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What Happens After Diagnosis? Prostate Cancer Symposium Saturday, Sept. 28

Course Chair, Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, Karmanos Cancer Institute and WSU SOM 
Isaac J. Powell, M.D., professor, Department of Urology, Karmanos and WSU SOM 
Keynote Speaker Robert Ginyard 

Free Educational Session for Patients, Spouses, Families and Advocates

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM), will present the third annual Prostate Cancer Symposium, What Happens After Diagnosis?, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The symposium is free but registration is required.

The symposium will focus on survivorship – what happens after a cancer diagnosis and how patients and their loved ones deal with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of survivorship. Attendees will hear about new advancements in prostate cancer and have an opportunity to ask questions of a panel of experts consisting of a physician, social workers, legal advisor and patient.

Luncheon keynote will be given by Robert Ginyard, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, advocate and prostate cancer survivor. Once hesitant to speak about his cancer, Ginyard now welcomes opportunities to share his experiences with other men and their families, addressing issues such as sex, love and life after prostate cancer. He spoke before Congress advocating for more funding for prostate cancer and has been interviewed by national media regarding his journey with the disease. He is also the creator of DiBi DiBi – Dream it. Believe it. Do it. Be it.– an awareness campaign encouraging others to live their dreams. 

WHAT: What Happens After Diagnosis? Prostate Cancer Symposium: Surviving the physical, mental and emotional challenges of prostate cancer.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 28,  8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration at 8 a.m. Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. 


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Free valet or self-parking available.

WHY: To help those diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as those close to them, thrive in their survivorship; hear about the latest treatment advancements; ask questions of cancer experts; and be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest.  

COST: FREE. The symposium and parking are free but registration is required due to limited space. To confirm registration and see the full agenda, visit or call 1- 800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266.) Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 


Those diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as their families, advocates and caregivers.  

SPEAKERS in Order of Appearance:      

Course Chair is Elisabeth Heath, M.D., FACP, Karmanos Cancer Institute and WSU SOM;  Alicia Gardner, American Cancer Society; Jordan Maier, M.D., and Michael Cher, M.D., both of Karmanos and WSU SOM; Clara Hwang, M.D., Henry Ford Hospital; Kristen Kingzett, M.D., WSU SOM; Kathy Smolinski, MSW, J.D., Karmanos and WSU Law School; Ruthie Maples, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, Karmanos; Course Co-Chair Isaac J. Powell, M.D., Karmanos and WSU SOM; and Alonzo McCann, prostate cancer survivor.

Keynote Speaker Robert Ginyard: “Beyond Prostate Cancer: Taking Survivorship, Advocacy and Empowerment to New Heights”        


During the Prostate Cancer Symposium, the Karmanos Cancer Institute will present its inaugural Isaac J. Powell, M.D., Prostate Pioneer Achievement Award, recognizing a physician, community volunteer and/or prostate cancer advocate who continues to demonstrates outstanding leadership, commitment and compassion in their service to prostate cancer survivors while raising awareness of prostate health within the community. This year’s awardees are:

  • Isaac J. Powell, M.D., professor, Department of Urology, Karmanos and WSU SOM, tireless advocate who has dedicated his career caring for patients and educating others about prostate cancer prevention, as well as helping to eliminate cancer disparities within the African American community, and for whom this award is named after; and
  • Manuel (Manny) Rosenbaum, prostate cancer survivor and longtime volunteer prostate health educator who has selflessly given of his time communicating the importance of prostate screenings and cancer prevention, sharing his story and upbeat attitude to help others.

To register visit or call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266.


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