American Cancer Society (ACS)
ACS offers a program called Man to Man that provides community-based education and support to men with prostate cancer and their families. The program offers free monthly meetings, as well as community education through its speakers bureau, a newsletter, outreach to high-risk groups and more. A Man to Man chapter meets at the Swedish Cancer Institute on First Hill; call (425) 957-7440 for more information. Another Man to Man chapter meets at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; call (206) 276-3148 for more information. These support groups are open to anyone in the community, even if they are receiving treatment elsewhere.
Fred Hutchinson Center Research Center
Hutchinson Center is one of the three Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) founding organizations. It has an international reputation for its leading-edge cancer research. Read about the program in prostate cancer research.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The prostate cancer section of the NCI web site contains information about prostate cancer treatment, research, clinical trials, screening, testing and more.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
NCCN is an alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centers, including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. It is an authoritative source of information to help patients make informed decisions about cancer care. Its programs include treatment guidelines for patients with prostate cancer, which are available online.
Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE
In 2002, the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, awarded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a five-year, $12.7 million grant to lead a multi-center, five-year investigation into the genetic mechanisms of prostate cancer progression. Understanding how and why prostate cancer can turn deadly is key to developing therapies that may effectively treat men with recurrent or advanced prostate cancer, for which there is no cure. Read about SPORE.
Prostate Cancer for Dummies
This book, by SCCA’s Dr. Paul Lange and medical writer Christine Adamec, is available at bookstores, and it can be borrowed from the Resource Center on the third floor of the SCCA clinic.
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF)
PCF is a source for new standard-of-care and research information. They connect patients, loved ones, care providers and scientists to critical updates, the latest developments, best practices and news from the treatment pipeline. Read about prostate cancer and find helpful resources.
The Prostate Net
The Prostate Net is a non-profit patient education and advocacy organization.
Us TOO International
A nonprofit organization started in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors, Us TOO offers information, counseling and educational meetings to assist men with prostate disease (and their spouses or partners) in making decisions about their treatment with confidence and support. Us TOO has more than 325 support-group chapters worldwide. Meetings are free and open to newly diagnosed patients, men currently undergoing treatment, survivors, family members, friends and healthcare professionals interested in prostate disease. Find local Us TOO chapters in Seattle, Tacoma, and other locations.
Online Support Groups
There are a number of online support groups for men with prostate cancer, where you can communicate by e-mail with other men who have this disease. These include: