About Us

TThe California Prostate Cancer Coalition (CPCC) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) 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 N. KirkVice President & Treasurer
Earl H Jones, Jr.PC Survivor, Previous Treasurer
Tiffany Razzo
Arthur "Tony" Blain, MD, MBA, FAAFPPrimary Care Physician
Barry Chauser, MDDept. of Rad. Oncology, Seton Medical Center
Marc A. Dall'Era, MDUC Davis, Department of Urologic Surgery
Bill DossCPCC Advocate, Volunteer Lobbyist, PC Survivor
Joe FerraraPC Survivor
Kerri GogolinHealth Engineer
Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACEMedical Contractor, Medical Director-Noridian Health Care Solutions
Beverly Nicholson, RN, CNS, AOCN, MSNProstate Cancer Support Group Facilitator
Joseph E. Scherger, MD, MPHEisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage
Wesley SholesPresident CPCC Advocates, PC Survivor
Leonard S. Marks, MDEndowed Chair in Urology, UCLA School of Medicine
Frank BalthisPC Survivor and Prostate Cancer Support Group Facilitator
Jessica Myers-SchecterDaughter of PC Survivor

Honorary Members


Peter Scardino, MDChairman of Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Larry LucchinoPresident of the Boston Red Sox
John ClasterFormer President of Claster Television, Inc.
Ernie Bodai, MDKaiser Permanente
Glen HarringtonDirector Emeritus

Advisory Council


Peter Carroll, MD, MPHUCSF Department of Urology/Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ralph W. de Vere White, MDDirector, UC Davis Cancer Center
Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, FACSPrivate Practice, Orange County; AUA Officer
Jonathan E. McDermedPharm D
Mack Roach, MDUCSF, Dept. of Radiology
Eric Small, MDUCSF, Medical Oncology

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

Announcement March 2022

CPCC is working with CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY to study a Spanish-language adaption of CSC’s CancerSupportSource (CSS) distress …