The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink celebrates its first birthday


birthday-cake1Well, actually, we didn’t!

In the chaos of trying to deal with the two articles on screening published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, our first birthday actually escaped us completely! However …

On March 20, 2008, having built some (but far from all) of the non-news sections of this site, we published our first “real” news item and officially went “live.” In retrospect, it was perhaps appropriate that that first real news item was a report on an article by Sanda et al. that appeared in (you guessed it) the New England Journal of Medicine.

That article was the first and is still the only article to offer data from a prospective, multi-center study of the adverse consequences of three different treatments for early stage disease (radical surgery, external beam radiation and brachytherapy). In other words, it was a well structured and thorough study of the potential “harms” of treatment that can be so problematic in the management of early stage, localized prostate cancer — and that have been so much in the news over the past few days.

We would like to thank the thousands of readers who now consult The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink as a regular news source. We are delighted to have been able to build such a loyal audience so quickly. We also thank the many organizations that have provided links from their sites to ours — thereby allowing us to grow as quickly as we have.

We hope we are still only early in our development, and over the next year we aim to expand the services we provide, build stronger relationships with the other members of the prostate cancer advocacy, education, and support communities, and grow our abilities to offer knowledge for both the newly diagnosed patient and the survivor community.

It was particularly gratifying for our parent non-profit company — Prostate Cancer International — to be intimately involved in the development and distribution early this morning of the Joint Statement that many of you will already have read. We consider the coming together of so many of the nation’s prostate cancer advocacy organizations in support of that statement to be the best birthday present we could possibly imagine (even if it was three days late!).

Thanks you.

2 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday to The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink.

    This is the most informative website on everything to do with prostate cancer I have seen. The constant updates and opinions expressed by TNPCIL and other posters makes this site a must read for anyone requiring information or just another viewpoint for what can appear and is a very complex subject but one that can be simplified to a certain extent.

    Well done and keep up the good work.

  2. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” I baked myself a cake, and it was nice to be able to place only “one” candle on it rather than covering the entire cake when it is MY birthday!

    I have enjoyed participating; I have enjoyed making new friends (and hopefully no enemies); I have learned from others, and I hope others have learned from me. Again, Arnon, Mike, and all, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

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