Admin Posted March 16, 2016 Share Posted March 16, 2016 Agenda Friday 18 March 2016 You gotta say that we get the best in the world! Rick Davis, a leader of the Reluctant Brotherhood, will phone in from California, USA, to answer your questions and mine this Friday. On our last phone-in Barry from Melbourne fascinated and educated us with his story of 16 years of survival moving from clinical trial to clinical trial of drugs and procedures. Knowledge of what is out there and available keeps you alive in this game! Imagine having that kind of knowledge of the prime resources of the top prostate cancer research and treatment country in the world - the United States! One man does! Rick Davis is a leader of a phone-in based group in the USA called the Reluctant Brotherhood. In some ways it is similar to us - guys who have technical knowledge of the treatments, places and faces, and guys who have the real-world experiences, share with men facing new challenges. And everyone has skin in the game. But in other ways it is different - based on a huge population and extensive health resources. And Rick Davis! A man whose knowledge of those treatments, places and faces, and of the guys who have the real-world experiences is amazing! Phone in this Friday (NOT the fourth Friday - that's Easter Friday) and learn about the great new treatments beginning to be used in the USA. Ask questions! Get guidance on your own situation from a man with his finger on the pulse of prostate cancer treatment. Disclaimer This Community does not give medical advice. No members are authorised to give medical advice. Ask your doctor if you hear anything here that you think may be related to your treatment. Time 9:30am - 11:00am Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) The formal phone-in meeting ends after 90 minutes. The lines are kept open for up to an hour after that for members to informally chat. Daylight savings times Brisbane 9:30am Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart: 10:30am Adelaide, 10:00am Perth 7:30am Winter times Brisbane 9:30am Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart 9:30am Adelaide 9:00am Perth 7:30am Daylight saving ends first Sunday in April Daylight saving starts first Sunday in October Dial in You must dial in - we do NOT dial you. Landline - Anywhere in Australia - 25 cents Phone numbers in email only. Problem? Contact Jim. Mobile phone warning The costs of mobile calls are nothing to do with the Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group or with PCFA. They are between you and your phone provider (Optus, Telstra, Virgin, Vodafone, etc). If you dial one of the capital city numbers given above from a mobile phone, the cost to you will be the cost on your mobile phone plan. If your plan gives you free, or low cost local calls, and you are in one of these cities, it should be free, or a local call. If your plan gives you free, or local cost national calls that should work too. Be sure - call your provider, give the number you might be calling, and check the cost for you to call that number. Speaking time We want many voices to be heard. If you are a member listed to speak below, the chair will probably expect you to take no more than about 5 minutes on presentation so there is plenty of time for others to respond. Special Guest Speakers are invited to speak for 10-15 minutes, then field questions. Guidelines No noise House - radio, TV, computer, pets, other phones, conversation Yourself - mute button, or mouthpiece away from mouth Phone - call waiting off (#43#), Mute button or hang up to leave the room. No mute button? ##4 to mute, ##5 to unmute. Cordless phone - don't carry, put on folded handkerchief to limit reverberation Other calls - Please do NOT use call waiting or another line on the same phone to take another call - members around Australia are left listening to your 'hold' music until you return. Speaker phone Please do NOT use a speaker phone, unless you are very good at keeping it Mute, and at lifting and using the hand piece when you wish to join in the conversation. Mobile phone You will need enough charge for the length of the call, or take the call with your charger plugged in. Speaking Speak clearly into mouthpiece in ordinary voice. Say who you are when signing in, and each time you speak. Listen for the gavel. The Chair may need to interrupt. It's a meeting of 20 people, not a simple phone conversation. If you are not one of the two people in the particular conversation at the time, keep your mute button down and let others contribute. Help the secretary by later emailing details for the minutes. Restarting You may hang up and sign in again as many times as necessary. Sometimes we may have to restart the meeting - dial in again. With everyone calling at once you may need to try more than once. Apologies From ... Late starters Maybe you haven't had access to the agenda or you have late breaking news you would like to share. Tell the chairman here at the beginning of the meeting that you would like to speak, and he will fit you in - probably later, perhaps right now if that suits. Special expert guest speaker Flying in from the USA at the speed of light - Rick Davis of the Reluctant Brotherhood. See top of the page. Other new stories or updates Any man who wishes to update us on his progress is welcome to contribute here. Formal end The Chair will declare the formal part of the teleconference closed at his discretion, perhaps around 11am. The teleconference lines will be kept open until at least 11:30 for anyone who wishes to continue discussions, update his health, or just chat. Informal chat Any topic you like - topics we didn't reach, something discussed earlier you wish to comment on, an update on your health, how your new boat is going, moaning about the weather, anything that you wish to say. Future phone-in support group meetings Fourth Friday of each month, except: January (one week late for Australia Day), March (one week early for Easter), and December (one week early for Christmas) Phone-in support group meeting dates 2016 March 18 (not the fourth Friday) April 22 (not the last Friday) May 27 June 24 July 22 (not the last Friday) August 26 September 23 (not the last Friday) October 28 November 25 December 16 (not the fourth Friday) Changes or questions If you wish to update us about any changes in your health or treatment, or have a question you would like answered or discussed, or you would like to talk about joining a teleconference group, let us know. 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