About Us

The California Prostate Cancer Coalition (CPCC) is a coalition of doctors, prostate cancer survivors (and families), nurses, support groups and others concerned about prostate cancer in California. In this website, we have attempted to answer some of the many questions you might have regarding prostate cancer. What is Prostate Cancer? What do I need to know about Prostate Cancer? I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer; now what do I do? Much has been written on the subject of prostate cancer including medical articles, research reports, and feature news articles. These have addressed prostate cancer occurrence among the male populations, research toward a cure, prostate cancer screening, prostate cancer treatment, and prostate cancer survival. This site provides resources on all of these prostate cancer considerations. Our goal is help you get the answers to your questions so you can make informed decisions about prostate cancer.

Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to saving men’s lives by making prostate cancer a key public health priority in California


Disseminate information relating to prostate cancer.
Advocate for prostate cancer legislation and funding.
Perform outreach to and involve all communities.
Overcome barriers to proper care and treatment.

Officers & Board of Directors:

Merel Grey Nissenberg, Esq. President – Attorney at Law
Thomas Kirk
Earl H Jones, Jr. Treasurer, PC Survivor
Tiffany Razzo
Larry Barman PC Survivor
Barry Chauser, MD Dept. of Rad. Oncology, Seton Medical Center
Murray Corwin Prostate Forum, Fullerton
Bill Doss CPCC Advocates, Volunteer Lobbyist, PC Survivor
Joe Ferrara PC Survivor
Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACS PC Survivor
Carol Marcusen, LCSW Clinical Social Worker, USC/Norris
Beverly Nicholson, RN, CNS, AOCN, MSN Prostate Cancer Support Group Facilitator
Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPH Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage
Erlinda Pasillas-Paterson Support Group Leader, Kaiser Permanente
Wesley Sholes President CPCC Advocates, PC Survivor
Sam Wells Sec/Treas CPCC Advocates Volunteer Lobbyist, PC Survivor
Arthur “Tony” Blain, MD, MBA Chief Medical Director of Clinic Operations and Deputy Health Officer Department of Public Health

Honorary Members:

Peter Scardino, MD Chairman of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Larry Lucchino President of the Boston Red Sox
John Claster Former President of Claster Television, Inc.
Ernie Bodai, MD Kaiser Permanente
Glen Harrington Director Emeritus
Harry Pinchot Director Emeritus
Lew Musgrove Director Emeritus

Advisory Council

Stephanie Baker Daughter of the late Bill Baker, Deceased
Ralph W. de Vere White, MD Director, UC Davis Cancer Center
Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, FACS Private Practice, Orange County; AUA Officer
Jonathan E. McDermed Pharm D
Mack Roach, MD UCSF, Dept. of Radiology
Eric Small, MD UCSF, Medical Oncology


CPCC is a 501 (c )(3) nonprofit public benefits corporation (FIT 94-3349907)