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Prostate Cancer Foundation: 7 Things It's Doing to Improve Patients' Lives

By    |   Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:34 PM

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is dedicated to the treatment and cure of prostate cancer. Its mission is “to accelerate the world’s most promising prostate cancer research for better treatments and cures.”

Here are some things that the Prostate Cancer Foundation is doing to improve patients’ lives.

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1. Giving information

The Prostate Cancer Foundation offers basic and detailed information about prostate cancer and its risks, diagnoses, treatments, and cures on its website and in printed and downloadable formats like guides and books. The Foundation wants people to know as much as they can about prostate cancer and how to prevent it, catch it early, treat it, and cure it.   (link to guides and books)

2. Researching

The Prostate Center Foundationspends millions of dollars each year on cutting-edge research in better screenings, treatments, and prevention of prostate cancer. This research has saved many lives and contributed to better quality of life and outcomes for prostate cancer patients. In 2015, the PCF awarded $3.8 million to 19 young scientists and doctors conducting new research to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer.

3. Supporting patients and families

The Prostate Cancer Foundation partners with My Bridge 4 Life to create a community of support for patients and caregivers, including blogs to share stories, a log of medical information (kept private), and tips for how to cope during treatment. The Foundation also offers financial and tactical resources for finding a doctor or treatment center as well as face-to-face support groups for patients and families.

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4. Clinical trials

The Prostate Cancer Foundation offers several clinical trials that test out new treatments for the more advanced forms of metastatic prostate cancer. Five new drugs have been approved through clinical trials and more are being tested for approval.

5. Raising money

Fundraising efforts of the Prostate Cancer Foundation include Major League Baseball’s Home Run Challenge, Athletes for a Cure, and Movember, a mustache-growing men’s health initiative that has raised $39 million for prostate cancer research in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

6. Answering Questions

The PCF has a section on its website called “Ask the Doctor,” offering answers to actual patient questions, as well as a frequently asked questions section and the ability to ask questions via email. 

7. Promoting Screenings

The Prostate Cancer Foundation encourages men to get regular prostate screenings, since prostate cancer is fully treatable when detected early. Free screenings may be available through Zero: The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

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