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Prostate Cancer is a major public health threat, with approximately 220,000 men likely to be diagnosed this year, and an estimated 28,900 who will die from it (American Cancer Society, 2000). It is vitally important that everyone be aware of and educated about early screening and prevention.

The facts:

  • One in every six men will get prostate cancer sometime in his life.

  • The chances of getting prostate cancer are one in three if you have just one close relative (father, brother) with the disease. The risk is five-fold with two close relatives. With three, it’s an almost certainty (97%) that you’ll get prostate cancer.

  • African American men are at special risk for the disease. They have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. In fact, the incidence rate in African Americans is 60% higher than in white males and double the mortality rate.

  • Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer death in the U.S. An American man dies every 18 minutes from the disease.

  • Before the advent of early detection through PSA screening, about ¾ of all prostate cancer cases were found in the late stages where the disease isn’t readily treatable or curable. Since widespread use of screening, about ¾ of all cases are now found early – giving men a fighting chance.

What can you do?

Get screened!

The American Cancer Society recommends having an annual PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE) of the prostate every year, beginning at age 50.

Men who are in high risk groups such as African Americans or men who have a history of prostate cancer in close family members, should begin screenings at age 46.

The following websites are excellent sources for further information on prevention, screening, early detection, and treatment of prostate cancer:

The American Cancer Society

The Center for Disease Control

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Where To Get Help

A trusted physician who is familiar with the particular details of your case should be your first and foremost source of information and advice. Nonetheless, for those who desire additional information, there are a number of organizations dedicated to helping patients and their families cope with prostate cancer. These agencies not only provide information and counseling, but in some cases may provide financial aid and transportation to a medical facility for treatment.

The following is a list of national organizations, businesses and medical centers that provide information and services for prostate cancer patients. Each entry gives the current address and phone number, programs sponsored by the organization, and a brief description.

For information on local support groups, contact the social service office of a local hospital, or write or call one of the national cancer information services that follow.


American Cancer Society (ACS)
1599 Clifton Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30329
(800) ACS-2345;

The American Cancer Society is involved in education and research, and offers counseling and other patient services. The Society consists of more than 3000 local chapters across the United States.

American Foundation of Urologic Disease (AFUD)
300 West Pratt Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201-2463
(800) 242-2383

Offers information on treatment options for prostate cancer, helps patients locate support groups, and distributes free publications on prostate cancer.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
1759 R Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(800) 843-8114; (202) 328-7744 in Washington, DC

The AICR supports research in provides public education in the area of diet, nutrition and cancer. A variety of publications are available. AICR also sponsors a national support group program through a Pen Pal Directory.

C.R. Bard, Inc.
(800) 977-6733

Distributor of TheraSeed© Palladium 103 and Iodine 125. Their medical services support department will send literature on seeding.

Best Medical International, Inc.
(800) 336-4970

Manufacturer of Iridium 192, Palladium 103, and other related brachytherapy products.

Bostwick Laboratories
4355 Innslake Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(866) 816-4793;

Bostwick Labs is a pathology reference laboratory providing premium service to physicians, patients, and managed care organizations. Current research and information on biopsy pathology available through their website.

Cancer Information Service (CIS)
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Building 31, Room 10A24
9000 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20892
(800) 4-CANCER

A governmental service that provides information by telephone and via Web site to cancer patients, the public, and health care professionals. Trained staff members can provide information on current treatments, cancer prevention, and the nearest Comprehensive Cancer Center. The National Cancer Institute also supplies a wide variety of written materials to answer questions about cancer. The PDQ, or PhysicianData Query, is a computer information system that provides doctors and patients with the latest information on clinical trials and their results. The Cancer Information Service will provide a copy of the PDQ to anyone who requests it.

Dattoli Cancer Center
2803 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237
(877) 328-8654 toll free

The Dattoli Cancer Center & Brachytherapy Research Institute specializes in combined treatment modalities for prostate cancer that often pairs brachytherapy with Image-Guided Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IG-IMRT). The Dattoli Cancer Center is the sponsor of the not-for-profit Dattoli Cancer Foundation.

Eat to Beat Prostate Cancer
Recipe ideas, newsletter, valuable nutritional information provided by prostate cancer survivor and author David Ricketts.

International Cancer Alliance (ICARE)
4853 Cordell Ave., Ste 14
Bethesda, MD 20814
(800) 422-7361

A non-profit organization which provides high-quality, focused, user-friendly cancer information to each patient. Includes prostate patient experience stories.

Loma Linda Medical Center
Jerry D. Slater M.D.
Proton Treatment Center, 11234 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92354
(909) 824-4288; (800) 496-4966, USA only

Loma Linda University in southern California is the site of the Loma Linda Proton Treatment Center, built in 1991. The Loma Linda center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts are currently the only operational hospital facilities that offer proton therapy for the treatment of cancer. Contact the Loma Linda staff for more information on this therapy.

Medical Word Search

Search for information on medical topics. Nominal annual membership fee required.

National Association for Continence
P.O. Box 8306, Spartansburg, SC 29305
(800) 252-3337, (843) 377-0900

Formerly Help for Incontinent People (HIP), the National Association for Continence is a nonprofit organization that provides information and services to those suffering from incontinence problems.

National Cancer Institute Cancer Information Services
Office of Cancer Communications
Building 31, Room 10A31
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(800) 422-6237

One of the most comprehensive cancer information sources available. The NCI will provide many free publications on requested topics, or you may speak to a cancer information specialist. Links to other relevant sites.

ONCOLINK – University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center

A comprehensive site for information on all types of cancer

Patient Advocates for Advanced Cancer Treatments (PAACT)
1143 Parmelee NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 453-1477

A nonprofit organization for both patients and physicians that promotes an understanding of prostate cancer, its diagnosis and therapeutic treatment. PAACT has a database on thousands with prostate cancer, and readily provides information concerning treatment options by telephone and email to those diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Prostate Cancer Foundation
1250 Fourth St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310/570-4700; (800) 757-CURE (2873)

Funds research to find better treatments for prostate cancer. Provides news and information on clinical studies, research projects, and nutritional info.

Prostate Cancer Information and Resources

Prostate cancer news and alerts, drug information, discussion groups. Links to current abstracts, PubMed.

Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI)
5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 885, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Helpline: 310-743-2110

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute is a non-profit organization that offers information to patients and physicians.

TAP Pharmaceutical, Inc.
675 North Field Drive, Lake Forest IL 60045
(800) 622-2011

TAP Pharmaceutical is the manufacturer of Lupron, the major brand name of the LHRH analogs, used to block testosterone production. The company will gladly send information on prostate cancer and the use of Lupron to interested callers.

Theragenics Corporation
5325 Oakbrook Parkway Norcross, GA 30093
(800) 458-4372

Theragenics is the manufacturer of the radioactive palladium 103 seeds used in brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer. The company supplies information to those interested in knowing more about the seed implantation procedure and Theragenics’ products. Theragenics will also refer interested patients to a physician who offers the seed implantation treatment in their general area.

US TOO Support Groups
US TOO, Inc. 5003 Fairview Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 795-1002; PCa Support Hotline: (800) 80-US-TOO

The mission of US TOO, a support group sponsored by the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, is to provide counseling, fellowship, and support to cancer patients and their families. Contact the national headquarters of US TOO at the address and number above to find out where your nearest US TOO chapter is located.

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
1678 S. Pioneer Road, Salt Lake City UT 84104
(800) 432-4422

Varian specializes in integrated cancer therapy systems, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy and brachytherapy.

Web MD

An interactive health information service developed for people with chronic and serious illnesses with a section devoted to prostate cancer.

The Wellness Community
919 18th St. NW, Suite 54, Washington, DC 20006
(888) 793-WELL (9355)

A national, not-for-profit organization offering a variety of support programs for cancer patients and their family members. All services are free of charge and include support groups, educational programs, and stress management. 20 locations throughout the U.S., Japan, and Israel.

ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer
(202) 463-9455

Awareness, outreach and advocacy.

Internet Resources

The following is a list of specialized Web sites devoted to prostate cancer and other relevant information and support:

American Cancer Society

Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

Brotherhood of the Balloon—Proton Therapy Info and Support

Canadian Prostate Cancer Network

Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health)

Cancerfacts.com – Support Groups

Cancer Links

Center for Prostate Disease Research


The Circle

The Education Center for Prostate Cancer Patients

Florida Prostate Cancer Education Network

The Health Supplements Information Service

The Hypertext Guide to Prostate Cancer

IceBalls (cryosurgery patients)

IHCRP – U.S. Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance

International Cancer Alliance

Life Extension Foundation

Malecare: lecture transcripts, English and Spanish New York City support groups

MultiGraph: your medical history in graphic form, free from PC-REF
Contact John Fistere at JFistere@cox.net

National Association for Continence

National Cancer Institute’s Prostate Cancer Home Page

National Physician & Family Referral Project—PCa in African-American Men

National Prostate Cancer Coalition

NeedyMeds: Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Office of Dietary Supplements (National Institutes of Health)

Patient Advocate Foundation – Advice on Financial, Insurance and Employment issues

Patients Helping Patients

Physician-to-Patient and Patient-to-Patient Web sites


PPML website

PPML archives

Prostate Cancer Action Network (PCAN)

Prostate Cancer InfoLink Archive

Prostate Cancer information provided by Charles Myers, MD

Prostate Cancer Foundation: (Formerly CAPCURE)

Prostate Cancer Profiler

Prostate Cancer Research and Education Foundation (PC-REF)

The Prostate Net
(201) 868-7793p

Prostate Pointers

PSA Rising Magazine

Pubmed search—a comprehensive listing of research studies and published papers

SeedPods (brachytherapy patients)

Urologychannel PCa Resources

US Too! International
(800) 808-7866

The Wellness Community

WellnessWeb Prostate Cancer Center

You Are Not Alone

Internet Mail Lists

Prostate Problems Mailing List (PPML)
A general list of prostate cancer patients sharing information and experiences.

Physician to Patient (P2P)
A list that provides patients an avenue to post questions for physicians.

Prostate Pointers
Many specialized mail lists for various aspects of prostate cancer.

Patients Helping Patients
Many specialized mail lists for various aspects of prostate cancer.

A mail list for men with confirmed HRPC.


National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) Newsletter

PCRI Insights
(310) 743-2110

The Prostate Forum
(800) 305-2432

Prostate Cancer Communication (from PAACT)
(616) 453-1477