In some ways, there’s never been a better time to be a prostate cancer patient. Through online and offline resources, you can quickly learn about your disease and treatment options while connecting with other patients and health care providers in the United States and abroad. Explore today’s helplines, support groups, books + newsletters, blogs, and advocacy groups.
Many men and their partners find it comforting to be able to talk to someone directly about their disease and its treatment. If you’d like to speak to someone on the phone about your recent diagnosis or current treatment, consider the PCRI Helpline. If you’re in Australia, consider the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s helpline. Trained facilitators, many of them prostate cancer patients themselves, staff both helplines.
Support groups are an invaluable source of information about prostate cancer and its treatment. Joining a group of men who are undergoing or who have undergone treatment in your own community will not only help you cope with the emotional side of dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis, but will also help you learn about new developments in treatment as they emerge, connect with local and national prostate cancer experts, and cope with side effects. Many organizations also host support groups for the wives and partners of prostate cancer patients.
UsToo offers support groups in communities across the United States and abroad. If there is not a chapter in your area, contact your local hospital or community health center.
There are also several online support groups available. Here are a few popular groups:
Rivanna Health Publications
FCRE co-founder, Dr. Myers, publishes innovative health books and periodicals for prostate cancer patients and their families.
There are also a number of books FCRE encourages every prostate cancer patient to read. They are:
Prostate & Cancer: A Family Guide to Diagnosis
by Sheldon Marks
Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers: An Essential Guide to Managing Prostate Cancer
by Ralph Blum and Mark Scholz, MD
Prostate Cancer, What Every Man – And His Family – Needs to Know
by David Bostwick, MD, Gregory MacLennan, MD and Thayne Larson, MD
Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery: The New Gold Standard Treatment That Can Save Your Life and Lifestyle
by Michael J. Dattoli, MD, Jennifer Cash, and Don Kaitenbach
Updated Guidelines for Surviving Prostate Cancer
by James Lewis, Jr. PhD., and Roy Berger, MD
Prostate Cancer: And Other Prostate Problems
by Michael O’Hara
The China Study
by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II
What Color is Your Diet?
by David Heber, MD, PhD
The Taste for Living Cookbook: Mike Milken’s Favorite Recipes for Fighting Cancer
by Michael Milken
The Lovin’ Ain’t Over – the Couple’s Guide to Better Sex After Prostate Disease
by Ralph & Barbara Alterowitz
Parallel Journeys – A Spirited Approach to Coping and Living With Cancer
by Ric Masten and Dr. Larry Lachman
Beating Prostate Cancer
by Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers
The New Prostate Cancer Nutrition Book
by Charles “Snuffy” Myers, Gabrielle Myers, Rose Sgarlat Myers, & Sara Sgarlat
The cornerstone of Rivanna Health Publication’s catalogue is their popular prostate cancer newsletter, Prostate Forum. In publication since June 1996 and available in email or printed formats, Prostate Forum has evolved into a highly popular patient question format.
Through his clinic, American Institute For Diseases Of The Prostate, FCRE co-founder Dr. Myers hosts a weekly video blog called Ask Dr. Myers.
Many men feel galvanized by their prostate cancer journey to help other men struggling with the disease. If you feel a similar call to arms, we suggest contacting both the National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalition and your individual state’s coalition.