Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Jupiter, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Jupiter, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
Jupiter's Travis Thomas has taken a winding road to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.Lessons learned playing college soccer in Missouri, working as a comedian in Boston and coaching in Florida have brought Thomas to a dream challenge: helping the United States Men’s National Team succeed on the world's biggest stage.Thomas became the team’s Leadership and Team Dynamics Coach in January 2020 and has traveled with the players and staff around the world. He helps strengthen mental and leadership skills f...
Jupiter's Travis Thomas has taken a winding road to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Lessons learned playing college soccer in Missouri, working as a comedian in Boston and coaching in Florida have brought Thomas to a dream challenge: helping the United States Men’s National Team succeed on the world's biggest stage.
Thomas became the team’s Leadership and Team Dynamics Coach in January 2020 and has traveled with the players and staff around the world. He helps strengthen mental and leadership skills for each player, as well as oversee the culture that head coach Greg Berhalter wants to maintain.
Thomas has already assisted the national team in their triumph in the inaugural Nations League tournament in 2020 and this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Soccer was always a huge part of Thomas’ life. He played for his Principia College from 1991-95. However, he had to set it aside after graduation.
“I met my wife in college, we got married right after we graduated. We were young and we were trying to get real and professional jobs in Boston, Massachusetts," Thomas said. "We moved there. We were working kind of, I was doing some marketing and she was working for a book publisher.”
Exploring opportunities in a new city, he attended an improvisational comedy show with his wife. He didn’t know the show would change his life.
“I was just blown away at how talented these performers were. I said to myself, ‘How do they do that?’ How did they create something out of nothing?’ That’s what improvisation is all about.”
Improvisation eventually formed the basis for his leadership ideology, “Yes, And."
‘Yes’ is the acceptance of an idea or of what reality is. The ‘and’ refers to what follows, how we choose to respond to ‘yes.’
“Anyone who has taken a improv or drama class is introduced to ‘yes, and’. That is kind of how it was brought to me, but I always thought there was another level that was really applicable to all of life – to be a tool for dealing with uncertainty and adversity,”
Thomas collected the knowledge and experience from his comedy shows and brought them to the soccer field as a mental coach.
He and his wife moved to Sarasota in 2003 after an opportunity opened up at IMG Sport Academy as a ‘Leadership and Improvisation Coach.'
While there he worked with thousands of athletes from all over the world, in one of the most prestigious sports programs in the world. He used his improvisation games to teach mental performance and improve team dynamics amongst athletes.
“IMG is like the Hogwarts Academy of athletes from all around the world. When I heard about the position, I said to myself, ‘This exists? This is exactly what I am and what I want to do.’
"For two and a half years I worked with thousands of athletes from all over the world, playing all types of sports, cultures, and languages. From Korean golfers to Russian tennis players, football players preparing for the NFL Combine, and the U-17 men’s national team that lived and trained there."
"Training them was always a lot of fun ... instead of talking about these (improvisation) concepts, we would play games and they would get to experience them. They really enjoyed it because it was super interactive."
Thomas continued to use this concept to make his company, "Live Yes, And" in 2015. He speaks to different corporations, schools and sports teams of all levels to help them achieve their goals.
A year later he wrote his book, "3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And" and sent a copy to USMNT head coach, Gregg Berhalter, in 2019. Berhalter personally invited him to train with the team, as Thomas' book was closely related to his vision for the team.
Now in his third year with the team, Thomas' insights on improvisation and leadership will be on display with the world's best soccer players.
"For me this is the dream of a lifetime," Thomas said. "To get to come full circle from being a soccer player in college to now working for the national team in the World Cup."
Who: United States vs. Wales
What: FIFA World Cup 2022
When: 2 p.m.
The long-pending license renewal of Conservative Talk “1300 The Answer” KKOL Seattle and transfer of the station from Intelli LLC to Salem Media Group have been approved be the FCC with conditions. Salem swapped KKOL to Intelli in May 2018 and then ...
The long-pending license renewal of Conservative Talk “1300 The Answer” KKOL Seattle and transfer of the station from Intelli LLC to Salem Media Group have been approved be the FCC with conditions. Salem swapped KKOL to Intelli in May 2018 and then agreed to repurchase it in June 2021. The license transfers coincided with the move of the station from its former tower site in Tacoma to Bainbridge Island where it was triplexed with Salem’s 1590 KLFE and 1680 KNTS Seattle.
Since the station completed its move to operate with 50kW daytime and 3.2kw nights, the station has received multiple complaints from Bainbridge Island residents stating that the station was creating blanketing RF interference to devices ranging from internet connections, cordless landline phones, ear buds, electric car charging equipment, vehicle electronic systems, garage doors, refrigerators, invisible dog fences, generators, and septic systems. To alleviate the issues, the station has been testing at different power levels from its 3.2kW night power to its proposed 50kW and working with the residents to fix or prove whether the station’s RF was causing the issues.
As part of the renewal, Salem must operate at 35kW day until being relicensed for that power level. They will also be required to conduct community outreach, respond to blanketing interference complaints, and remediate blanketing interference to any electronic device attributable to KKOL’s operation, including, if necessary, installing RF filters, cables, or replacement devices for as long as KKOL broadcasts from the Bainbridge Island site. KKOL was also given an abbreviated four year license renewal that will expire on November 18, 2026 to ensure compliance.
The revised FM Broadcast Directional Antenna Performance Verification Order that allows FM antenna directional pattern verification by computer modeling was published in the Federal Register and took effect on November 10.
WJBW LLC’s Haitian “Radio Azure” 1000 WJBW Jupiter FL has been issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and a proposed $3000 fine for failing to timely file a license renewal application. WJBW was supposed to file its renewal by December 1, 202 ahead of its license expiration of April 2, 2021. Its application was not filed until June 2, 2022 with no explanation given for its untimely filing.
Netta Bridgeman and Christopher Primus were issued a Notice For Illegal Pirate Radio Broadcasting for a signal on 105.5 originating from their property in Brooklyn NY.
Blue Sky Entertainment Group’s 105.3 KTCY Menard TX applies to move into the San Angelo market
There have been sightings at a Blues game, around the arena for a SLU men’s basketball game, and a true eagle-eyed birdwatcher might even have glimpsed him inspecting the changing leaves and flora at the Missouri Botanical Garden.Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has been spotted around town since the end of the their season because, after his first full season in the role, his family decided to call St. Louis home for the offseason. As they’ve explored the city, rink side to courtside to countryside, and even stopped a few ...
There have been sightings at a Blues game, around the arena for a SLU men’s basketball game, and a true eagle-eyed birdwatcher might even have glimpsed him inspecting the changing leaves and flora at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol has been spotted around town since the end of the their season because, after his first full season in the role, his family decided to call St. Louis home for the offseason. As they’ve explored the city, rink side to courtside to countryside, and even stopped a few times to smell the roses, they’ve learned when it comes to baseball in St. Louis there is no offseason.
“Go to the pizza shop and it’s like, ‘We can’t wait for the season to start,’” Marmol said. “Ah, it ended last week. You definitely feel it regardless of where you go. That’s the part that’s cool. Look, losing in the playoffs (stunk). The way we lost (stunk), right? Every part of it. But the responsibility and the accountability of it — this is amazing. We didn’t reach our goal, and everyone is feeling that way.”
At the same table he’s been using for Zoom meetings and conference calls this past month, Marmol spoke about his offseason so far and his plans for the offseason ahead after the Cardinals’ division-title season ended with a swift exit from the playoffs.
Marmol finalized his staff, replacing former Cardinal and current Miami manager Skip Schumaker at bench coach with former Cardinal and newest Cardinals Hall of Fame Matt Holliday. The Cardinals promoted Dusty Blake to pitching coach and Turner Ward to hitting coach, and already Marmol said they have plans to visit and work individually with players in the coming months. Marmol will hit the road too, using St. Louis as his base to fan out for face-to-face meetings with some players.
Nearly a year ago, newly and suddenly promoted to Cardinals manager, Marmol had only a few weeks to talk to players before Major League Baseball’s lockout eliminated any contact for 99 days. They didn’t want to wait nine this offseason.
Several times Marmol used the phrase “hands on” to describe plans.
They’ll be “hands on” to retool Paul DeJong’s swing.
They’ll be “hands on” to shape Genesis Cabrera’s off-speed pitches.
“A hands-on approach this offseason is exciting,” Marmol said.
While Marmol’s “hands-on” offseason began by embracing St. Louis, an early phase for pitchers and the pitching coaches will be getting a grip on suggested “pitch shaping” and pitch usage. Jake Woodford received similar instruction during the season as the Cardinals used data to reshape his slider — its use, its release, its spin — for prolonged effectiveness. Now leading the coaching of the pitching staff, Blake brings that advanced and analytic eye to crafting pitches, and the winter is primed for experiments with new shapes, reimagined sequences, or test-driving new pitches that blossom in spring.
Helping lefty Cabrera rediscover his swing-and-miss execution is one example as the team sorts the numbers to learn if he needs another pitch, needs to change the break on his pitch, or adjust the use of his fastball.
“That is what this time is for because there is no line at the end of the day that says you (failed) at it or you were good at it,” Marmol said. “Let’s just build it.”
That’s also the plan for DeJong as the Cardinals construct a swing overhaul for him at the Roger Dean Stadium facility in Jupiter, Florida. Ward will be present for some of it — at designated checkpoints — and at work, in person, with other hitters. The offseason also includes a regimen for players when it comes to performance, strength, fitness, and movement, such as the workouts designed for Tyler O’Neill, Alec Burleson and others.
Marmol plans a conversation tour of sorts to reach out to younger players about the next phase of their careers — as Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar look to build on success and face the heightened expectations that await them.
“Yes, there’s a baseline for skill, but a big separator at this level is how people approach the mental side of the game and a lot of that is instilled in confidence and adversity and the foundation you have for how you handle both,” Marmol said. “But how do you handle success? I don’t think that’s talked about enough. Nootbaar had success, right? Now he’s going to have to repeat it. How do you handle that? How do you handle Busch Stadium knowing you’re good and going, ‘Hey, do it again.’”
These were the kinds of conversations he could not have last winter during the lockout and when his first spring training started at warp speed, there wasn’t much time for them.
“I think it’s important to set expectations for certain guys, and it’s better done face to face so that they understand how real it is, how real our belief in what they’re capable of doing is,” Marmol said. “I want them to understand what we think is possible for them, and I think that’s always helpful face to face, especially instilling confidence in the younger guys we’re getting ready to count on. (Going to see them) is important — a little more than (saying,) 'You’re important to what we’re doing, and I need you to fly here.'”
Being there, meeting someone where they are was part of why the Marmols, Oli and Amber, his wife, stayed put after the season and did not return to their home in Florida.
During the season, they discovered places that delighted their two young daughters, and they sought time to explore St. Louis, from revisiting the Magic House to seeing Shaw Boulevard’s Missouri Botanical Gardens. They wanted to soak in the sports scene, sit in another team’s seats.
Amber said the “leaves changing, the cooler weather, the pumpkin patches,” were all appealing to a family of Florida kids.
They decorated pumpkins, and Amber and Oli both aced their carvings. Oli’s was the silhouette of an owl.
“We felt like planting roots somewhere, get involved in the community,” Oli said. “It’s an important role, the one we hold. You want to get involved in the community and have an impact and be a part of the city that you’re managing in. I feel like if you just bounce to Florida you’re missing that great opportunity to get involved with this job and bring something to the community.”
And he’s had a chance to feel, to live what he’s heard.
It’s what Paul Goldschmidt described last week after winning the National League MVP award. His family also decided to start the offseason in St. Louis, and he described what baseball tradition and the Cardinals’ success mean to the region, using a notable pronoun: “That is something we don’t take lightly in St. Louis.”
Before his first home game as manager, Marmol told the story of being woken up that morning by a cardinal (lower-case c, feathered) at his window, a particularly loud and persistent cardinal. He swore it to be true. Last week, Marmol stepped away briefly from an interview, and as this reporter waited, on cue, a red bird landed on a deck chair right outside the nearest window. It offered no comment but its presence. Just another cardinal sighting.
Even out of season, they’re still in mind.
“If the city was OK with what happened, how our season ended — but it’s not,” Marmol said. “Let’s be super clear: The ending (stinks). You feel that responsibility. You feel that accountability of not reaching the last game of the World Series. If I didn’t have to answer those questions, I don’t think I would do this. It’s what gets me up in the morning. That becomes part of the motivation.”
Hudson Belinsky was Baseball America's lead draft writer from 2015-2017 before spending five years with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an area scout, covering Georgia and Northern Florida. He is the signing scout for 2022 No. 2 overall pick and the top player on BA's draft board, OF Druw Jones.Perfect Game’s WWBA Championship in Jupiter attracts many talented pitchers. Countless times in my career scouting in Jupiter, I...
Hudson Belinsky was Baseball America's lead draft writer from 2015-2017 before spending five years with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an area scout, covering Georgia and Northern Florida. He is the signing scout for 2022 No. 2 overall pick and the top player on BA's draft board, OF Druw Jones.
Perfect Game’s WWBA Championship in Jupiter attracts many talented pitchers. Countless times in my career scouting in Jupiter, I’ve rolled up to a field and seen a kid with ordinary (or poor) fastball velocity and a good offspeed pitch or two who turned out to be really, really good later on—Dustin May and Chase Dollander are two recent examples who come to mind.
To put this event in context, Jupiter is usually the last event many top amateur pitchers participate in prior to shutting down for the winter months. We also see pitchers throwing in short spurts in Jupiter; their stuff can (and often does) look very different when they are in a starting role in their official high school seasons.
In some cases young pitchers are worn out, don’t have a routine, or are off of their routine at the end of a long season. For a pitcher, proper warmup, rest and recovery are essential, and the nature of fall travel baseball makes proper nutrition another challenge that holds young pitchers back. The opposite can also be true—sometimes pitchers struggle to maintain their routines when they get away from the structure that their travel program provides in the summer and fall.
Jupiter is one piece of the puzzle. It’s a useful event for organizing targets and determining which “on the bubble” high school pitchers warrant further looks and consideration heading into the spring. It’s not definitive in determining a pitcher’s draft stock, but it can lead to a pitcher being scouted much earlier the following spring. Here, we’ll break down some pitchers who showed promising traits in Jupiter. To varying degrees, each of these players will receive some professional consideration coming out of high school.
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JUPITER, Fla. —On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Jupiter Medical Center’s Anderson Family Cancer Institute held a day of awareness, bringing patients forth to share their stories.Fred ...
JUPITER, Fla. —
On World Pancreatic Cancer Day, Jupiter Medical Center’s Anderson Family Cancer Institute held a day of awareness, bringing patients forth to share their stories.
Fred Mascaro of Palm Beach Gardens is one of those patients.
He’s spent over a decade fighting cancer. In 2011, he learned he had prostate cancer and beat it, but in 202 he was hit with another heartbreaking diagnosis.
“I’m now fighting pancreatic cancer, I’m wearing a pump, but this man right here saved me. Two and a half years ago, I came to him and he operated on me and he took half my pancreas out and I’m still here to talk about it,” Mascaro said in tears pointing to his surgeon.
Mascaro is on his third round of chemotherapy, but is grateful for the extra time he’s been given.
He continues to stay as positive as he can, putting his faith in his doctors and surgeon, Dr. Shanel Bhagwandin, medical director of the gastrointestinal surgical oncology program and program director for the National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence Program.
“I told him one day when I was in his office if he was a girl, I’d kiss him,” Mascaro said, laughing.
“I think it’s powerful what patients go through, truly that is the superhero quality,” Bhagwandin said.
He said early detection is vital.
“There are a select few about 20% that can’t make it to the operating room and that in itself is a challenge but that’s really the only opportunity for a cure so as best as we can we try to get them to the 'or' and have a successful outcome,” Bhagwandin said. “I’m fighting it, and I’m going to give a damn good fight."
Jupiter Medical Center has been a nationally-recognized Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer by the National Pancreas Foundation. It is one of the only in Palm Beach County to Martin County that has everything in one spot, so patients don’t have to go from one place to another for testing and procedures.
Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in 496,000 new patients each year, and worldwide, 8.2 million people die from cancer each year, with pancreatic cancer ranking seventh in deaths.