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19 Dec 2008

It's That Time of Year Again. Sadly we again lost members this past year, as inevitably we will in the years to come. But the memories of those who have passed on, remain in our hearts, and the times we shared together in past years are hopefully recorded in this website - for following generations to enjoy.
At this time may I (Bob de Haas), and on behalf of Paul Asbury, pass on the warmest of Christmas thoughts and wishes for a safe, healthy and most enjoyable 2009. And thank you all for your contributions and comments - please keep them coming.

6 Dec 2008

Vale. Terry Jones RAE (Class of Jun '71) We have received news of Terry's passing on morning of Wed 3 Dec. Condolences and service details are in Vale section of the Notice Board. RIP Terry.

OCS Portsea Alumni Annual Bar-b-q and Picnic Sun 14 Dec 2008. On again - perhaps for the last time as the future of our visitations to Portsea are not yet clear after the emminent handover from the Point Nepean Community Trust (PNCT) to Parks Victoria. Details on the Notice Board.

18 Nov 2008

Another Class joins the website. Welcome to the Class of June 1979 - Rick Palmer is the Class Orderly.

21 Oct 2008

DFRB Detriment Group. Some interesting action being taken that affects very many of us.

15 Oct 2008

OCS Legends' Lunch. The inaugural OCS Legends' Lunch kicked off at Vic Bks Sydney earlier this month. See Notice Board article, or go to Reunions link in above menu bar.

08 Oct 2008

Photo Galleries of the Class of Dec 1982. The photo galleries are now viewable. Using Menu above , go to Eighties/Dec82 and click on Scrapbook Galleries link.

Class of Dec 53 Newsletter. The Newsletters of the Class of Dec '53 are accessible on their page (Fifties/Dec53)

14 Sep 2008

Past OCS DS Speaks Out. OCS DS 1967, Terry Holland, sends video message to Class Of Dec '67 - and speaks also of OCS graduates in general. (See Notice Board)

11 Aug 2008

More Information on Cadet Statue. Please see Notice Board

Vital Information for All Alumni Members Who Have Served in South Vietnam
PROSTATE CANCER and AGENT ORANGE.........the last word

Dear David,

The article below is the largest and most accurate study to date and I believe will be the final word on the topic of prostate cancer in service personnel and their to exposure agent orange.
There should be no Vietnam Vet who goes untested in this country by the end of this year. Of the 58,000 or so who participated in that war, the number carrying cancerous prostates will be several thousand and they must be found and treated as there is no reason why they should die from that complaint if treated in time.  Their deaths will be through shear neglect on our part or on their own; so it is imperative that no blame be laid at our door through a failure to notify those personnel so exposed.

If some Veterans out there are sick of hearing about this matter and they have done nothing.....tough!

This information is so hot off the press it has not yet appeared in official medical journals but will do so in the 15th September, ‘08 edition of CANCER. May I commend this article to you for publication as I believe it is the definitive study in this matter and imperative that our veteran population hears this news once again.
Many Pension Officers around the country will be aware DVA has already accepted the link between the cancer and herbicidal exposure. What many do not appreciate is that this was done on statistical results, generously weighted in the veterans’ favour by the assessing panel. This new research now fully supports what was formerly only a high index of suspicion, regarding the connection between disease and herbicide.

So my advice to every male who was in Vietnam, afloat or ashore, for whatever duration of time, go and have your LMO check your Prostate and seek a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test at the same time. This will need to be done for the remainder of your life at three yearly intervals. No buts just do it!

Kind regards,
Rod.


Dr Roderick Bain MBBS FRCA FANZCA
RSL NSW State Vice President (Southern Country)
Tel 02 9380 8774
Mob 0417 604 450

PS. The term metastatic disease means that the cancer has spread beyond the prostate into bone, lung, liver. The prognosis in these cases is less than ideal; so we need to catch it earlier than this stage of development.

Exposure to Agent Orange linked to prostate cancer in Vietnam veterans

Public release date: 5-Aug-2008

Contact: Karen Finney
karen.finney@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu


REFERENCE: University of California Davis Health System SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

UC Davis Cancer Centre physicians today released results of research showing that Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange have greatly increased risks of prostate cancer and even greater risks of getting the most aggressive form of the disease as compared to those who were not exposed.

The findings, which appear online now and will be published in the September 15 issue of the journal Cancer, are the first to link the herbicide with this form of cancer. The research is also the first to utilize a large population of men in their 60s and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for the disease. "While others have linked Agent Orange to cancers such as soft-tissue sarcomas, Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, there is limited evidence so far associating it with prostate cancer," said Karim Chamie, lead author of the study and resident physician with the UC Davis Department of Urology and the VA Northern California Health Care System. "Here we report on the largest study to date of Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange and the incidence of prostate cancer."

Chamie also said that, unlike previous studies that were either too small or conducted on men who were too young, patients in the current study were entering their prime years for developing prostate cancer. There was also the added advantage that it was conducted entirely during the era of PSA screening, providing a powerful tool for early diagnosis and tracking of prostate cancer. More than 13,000 Vietnam veterans enrolled in the VA Northern California Health Care System were stratified into two groups — exposed or not exposed to Agent Orange between 1962 and 1971. Based on medical evaluations conducted between 1998 and 2006, the study revealed that twice as many men exposed to Agent Orange were identified with prostate cancer. In addition, Agent Orange exposed men were diagnosed two-and-a-half years younger and were nearly four times more likely to present with metastatic disease. Other prostate cancer risk factors — race, body-mass index and smoking — were not statistically different between the two groups.

"Our country's veterans deserve the best possible health care, and this study clearly confirms that Agent Orange exposure during service in Vietnam is associated with a higher risk of prostate cancer later in life," said Ralph de Vere White, UC Davis Cancer Centre director and a study co-author. "Just as those with a family history of prostate cancer or who are of African-American heritage are screened more frequently, so too should men with Agent Orange exposure be given priority consideration for all the screening and diagnostic tools we have at our disposal in the hopes of early detection and treatment of this disease." Now a banned chemical, Agent Orange is a combination of two synthetic compounds known to be contaminated with the dioxin tetrachlorodibenzo-paradioxin (TCDD) during the manufacturing process. Named for the colour of the barrel in which it was stored, Agent Orange was one of many broad-leaf defoliants used in Vietnam to destroy dense forests in order to better visualize enemy activity.

It is estimated that more than 20 million gallons of the chemicals, also known as "rainbow herbicides," were sprayed between 1962 and 1971, contaminating both ground cover and ground troops. Most of the rainbow herbicide used during this time was Agent Orange. In 1997, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reclassified TCDD as a group 1 carcinogen, a classification that includes arsenic, asbestos and gamma radiation.

The study was funded by the UC Davis Cancer Centre. In addition to Chamie and De Vere White, study authors were Bryan Volpp, associate chief of staff, clinical informatics, VA Northern California Health Care System; Dennis Lee and Joonha Ok, UC Davis resident physicians with the Department of Urology; and Lars Ellison who, at the time the study was conducted, was an assistant professor with UC Davis and chief of urology with the VA Northern California Health Care System. Ellison is now affiliated with the Penobscot Bay Medical Centre in Maine and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve currently serving active duty in Iraq. A copy of the study can be requested by emailing Amy Molnar at amolnar@wiley.com

Prostate cancer is the second most common malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. It is estimated that there will be about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer in the United States in 2008 and about 28,660 men will die of the disease this year. Designated by the National Cancer Institute, UC Davis Cancer Centre is leading the way in identifying the molecular pathogenesis of carcinoma of the prostate,
enhancing therapeutic response and identifying chemoprevention.

For more information; Visit: www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cancer

 

16 July 2008

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RE-DEDICATION OF BADCOE HALL and RETURN TO PORTSEA (FEB 2009)
Please refere direct to Notice Board for information and your opinions, comments.

13 July 2008

Inclusion of NOTICE BOARD
If you look above, you will see a picture of a Notice Board. Click on the picture to access the Notice Board and, if you wish, directly add your comment to the articles included
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24 June 2008

And the Class of Dec '83 is on-line and added to the Alumni site
Well done guys, and looking very good as well. Visit the site direct (opens in new window) or through their page eighties/dec 83

21 June 2008

We Now Have a Guestbook
Guests can say "Gidday" and leave a comment about their perceptions on the website, or make a suggestion, through the "Guestbook" button above.
It is not a message pad, and only allows one entry per ID.
If you have messages, send webmaster an email and it will be posted on the "Members' Notice Board" (link above)

13 June 2008

Opening of Old Commandant's House.
The old Commandant's House, now refurbished was officialy opened by the Chairman of the Point Nepean Community Trust on 14 Mar 2008. The gallery of photos taken can be viewed here or through the "History" link

Two New Class Sites
* The Classes of 1972 have developed their own website and can be viewed (in test phase) here (separate window), or through the "Seventies" link above
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The Class of June 1968 has also developed their own website and can be viewed here (separate window), or through the "Sixties" link above
Well done guys - look forward to seeing lots of your "stuff" on your pages

Handover of "Trig Marker"
The last Commandant of the OCS, then Col (now Brig) Phil Davies was presented with the Trig Point marker by the last graduating class of 1985 as a reminder of the times when Phil had obviously said to many of them - "run up to the trig marker".
On the verandah of the Commandant's House on 14 Mar 2008, Phil handed the trig marker to Rob de Haas (as the representative of the OCS Portsea Alumni.
The marker will be on display in the OCS section of the Quarantine Station Museum when completed.

14 April 2008

Class Orderly for Class of June 1978. Stan Nowakowski has volunteered to be the Class Orderly for this class. His contact details can be seen on the Class Page.
Also on the page are details of the Class reunion - 30th Anniversary Reunion Sat 14 Jun 2008
. Make sure you check the details