Prostate Cancer Resources - Useful Sites, New Research, Emerging Treatments etc.
Prostate cancer patients are often lost between the shock of finding that they have the disease, putting together a treatment plan along with their physician, budgeting for the treatment regimen and keeping abreast of information about prostate cancer. The following web links will cumulatively provide comprehensive, recent and correct information about the various aspects of prostate cancer and its long-term management.
A. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) link is the most authentic and comprehensive online source for information on prostate cancer. The website is regularly updated with the most recent and validated information and is an excellent resource for patients and physicians alike.
One can also access live help through online chat with well-informed personnel at NCI at the following URL. They give assured information about the hospital within US which has shown the best results in a particular form of cancer and can give additional information for financing treatment. They also give great information for people across the globe regarding designated centers in particular countries and available funding organizations.
B. Prostate Cancer Foundation is one of the leading non-profit organizations funding prostate cancer research. Donations towards research, clinical trials can be made at the foundation website. The website also contains latest published information about basic and clinical research on prostate cancer.
C. The following link provides upto date information about prostate cancer and recent clinical trials under progress from MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). MDACC is the top ranked NCI-designated cancer center in USA. Prostate cancer patients are highly encouraged to enlist into these clinical trials based on their eligibility as it provides the only viable option of clinical transition of nation-wide research pursuits to find cures and preventive measures of prostate cancer.
D. The easiest-to-read information is available at the Michigan Cancer Consortium website. They have the biggest Education & Support Group of prostate cancer patient and their web content under the “A Choice & A Journey” is a must read for all prostate cancer patients. It is sure to lift the spirits by a large extent.
E. Cancer Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Judd W Moul, MD, FACS. Dr. Moul is one of the leading oncologists in the world and his book gives comprehensive information about the various aspects and challenges in cancer management.
F. A summary of a ton of information compiled from innumerable research reports is available at the following URL. It is called Comparative Effectiveness of Therapies for Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer(2008) and was compiled by staff members of the Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center. One of the best information sources for long term management of prostate cancer.
G. MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) has literally revolutionized state-of-the art proton therapy from a humble beginning in 2006. Proton therapy achieves a 99% 5 year survival rate in early-detected prostate cancer patients. All information about regimen, cost and patient testimonials are available at the following URL:
H. Co-payment assistance to insured people in financial need through Patient Advocate Foundation’s (PAF) Co-Pay Relief. PAF is 50 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing cancer patients in USA with counseling and case management services. More info can be found at the following websites:
http://www.canceradvocacy.org and http://www.copays.org/resources
I. Other information and support center links:
(i) Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network
(ii) American Prostate Society
(iii) Men's Health Network
(iv) The Prostate Net