Gee … on-line support systems for prostate cancer patients actually work!

In the management of patients being treated for prostate cancer, “Providing support using online methods is effective; the length of time this intervention should be provided to patients will require further research.” … READ MORE …

ACS stops providing support for Man-to-Man network

We heard rumors more than a week ago that the American Cancer Society (ACS) was closing down its Man-to-Man support group network, and now we can confirm that (effectively) this is the case. … READ MORE …

Counseling and support associated with active surveillance: highly necessary for some

It is well understood that some (perhaps even many) men diagnosed with low-risk disease have difficulty accepting active monitoring of any type as an effective and safe management strategy for deferring immediate, unnecessary treatment  — and perhaps being able to avoid treatment at all. … READ MORE …

PCF, Sanofi initiate text message support program for men on chemotherapy

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Sanofi (manufacturers of docetaxel and cabazitaxel) have initiated a new, one-way, text message-based support program called Prost8Care for men with advanced prostate cancer who live in the USA and who are receiving chemotherapy as part of their treatment. … READ MORE …

ASCO updates patient information on managing cost of cancer care

The costs associated with the treatment of prostate cancer — particularly the more advanced forms of prostate cancer that require sophisticated forms of drug therapy — can be considerable. Patients often benefit from help and assistance in negotiating these costs and in handling the various needs of their physicians, their insurance companies, and Medicare or even Medicaid. … READ MORE …

An online nursing support system for prostate (and breast) cancer patients in Norway

Many prostate cancer patients will recognize statements made by other patients and reported in a study just published in Cancer Nursing and also available on the Medscape Oncology platform. Interestingly this study comes from a group of Norwegian nurses who built an online e-mail support system for their prostate cancer breast cancer patients. … READ MORE …

As Us TOO International turns 20

In early 1990, Dr. Gerry Chodak — a well-known Chicago-based urologist and then professor of urology at The University of Chicago — wrote a letter to his prostate cancer patients. He said that some of them were interested in starting a prostate cancer support group. From such small beginnings … … READ MORE …

The need to treat “the whole man” — not just his cancer

Results from an international survey of patient perceptions about their prostate cancer treatment were announced yesterday. … READ MORE …

The CaP Calculator: a new, sophisticated, decision-support tool

Long, long ago (in September 2008), we initially reported on the existence of a prostate cancer decision support tool (then in very early-stage development) known as the CaP Calculator. … READ MORE …

New prostate cancer patient/partner support program

Have you just been diagnosed with prostate cancer? Or do you know someone who has?

If you have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may be trying to work out how you and your spouse or partner are going to deal with this experience. The University of Arizona College of Nursing has initiated a new program called the Telephone Education and Support Project. … MORE …

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