Get to know your doc: Dr. Michael Glode
VAIL CO, Colorado
Dr. Michael Glode has been practicing medicine for nearly four decades now. Six years ago he began working at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards once a week, and to cover for Dr. Alexander Urquhart when he is away.
“I can’t tell the community how lucky they are to have a state-of-the-art medical center right here in the Valley,” Glode said. “Patients have access to developing therapies and both Drs. (Patricia) Hardenbergh and (Alexander) Urquhart (of the Shaw) are also clinical assistant professors at CU, engaging in research and constantly bringing the most up-to-date treatments to their patients.”
Dr. Glode answered a few questions for the Vail Daily.
Vail Daily: Tell us about what you do.
Dr. Michael Glode: I am a prostate cancer specialist and medical oncologist. I primarily work at UC Denver, however I come up to Shaw Regional Cancer Center to consult with patients on a weekly basis and assist facilitating clinical trials.
VD: How did you get into your chosen field.
MG: As a medical student I had an interest in cancer research. I have two parents that died of cancer so I am very passionate about it. Thirty years ago I was fortunate to get involved with the first Lupron clinical trials and I have been in the lab doing research, as well as conducting clinical trials, for three decades now. The FDA approved three new drugs from the trials conducted at University of Colorado and we have four new drugs in trial presently.
VD: How are you different than other docs.
MG: I am a very specialized doctor. I focus on Genitourinary (GU) cancers, which include bladder, testis, kidney and prostate. I also have more than 30 years of experience specializing in cancer research and clinical trials. Staying involved in the lab has allowed me to keep up with the remarkable explosion in cancer biology that has characterized the past decade or so.
VD: Tell us a little about your background, education and experience.
MG: I grew up in Chadron, Nebraska, attended the University of Nebraska, followed by medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and a residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. During the Vietnam War I was in the Public Health Service doing research at the National Institutes of Health followed by oncology training at the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Harvard. In 1978 I came to UC Colorado, learned to ski and have been very fortunate to have a rewarding academic career.
VD: What philosophy do you follow in treating your patients?
MG: The patients are in charge of their own destiny; my job is to inform them so they can make good decisions. I think of it as, “I’m the coach and they are the player.” I support them to achieve their goals.
VD: What is the number one thing people should do to be healthy?
MG: Lose weight. Weight relates to cancer and losing weight decreases chances of prostate cancer.
VD: What are you excited about in the world of medicine right now?
MG: In the prostate cancer world, the human genome opened the door to discovery. In general, understanding our genes has resulted in great things in cancer research and treatment.
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