September 2009 MedBytes: Prostate Cancer

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Tex Med . 2009;105(9):56.  

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. These resources give you the latest information about treatments for the most common form of cancer in men. In addition,  the Web sites here will keep physicians up to date on prostate cancer screening guidelines and research.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society, , has helpful tools physicians can share with patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. From the home page, click on Learn About Cancer, and select  Prostate Cancer  from the list. You'll be directed to answers to questions about the disease, information about treatment options, and guidance for patients on talking to their family and friends about prostate cancer. Physicians can point patients to the  Stories of Hope  portion of the Web site, where they can find inspiration and support by reading accounts about other people whose lives have been touched by cancer. The site also features details on clinical trials, finding treatment centers, nutrition for cancer patients, a guide to cancer drugs, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Working to reduce the prostate cancer death rate and to develop appropriate public health strategies for controlling the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), , offers health professionals a plethora of tools. Physicians can download a PDF of Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide . The CDC publication presents a balanced approach to the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening and enables men, their families, and physicians to make an informed decision. To address prostate cancer disparities among African-American and Hispanic men, the CDC also created Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide for African Americans and La detección del cáncer de próstata: Una guía para hispanos en los Estados Unidos . Both are available in PDF format. Information on the CDC's latest research concerning  patterns in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test use and digital rectal examinationsprostate cancer incidence among American Indian and Alaska Native men , and  racial differences in the treatment of early-stage prostate cancer  will also aid physicians in caring for prostate cancer patients.

National Prostate Cancer Coalition
The National Prostate Cancer Coalition Web site, , is a one-stop source for the latest on clinical trials. Physicians and their patients can register for the e-mail notification service to find out about new prostate cancer clinical trials. The site also features cancer research center profiles, a glossary of research terms, a listing of prostate cancer clinical trials, and basic information about clinical trials. Clicking on the links in the menu will take you away from the National Prostate Cancer Coalition site and connect you with the Project to End Prostate Cancer Web site, . The project site gives you answers to questions about the symptoms, risk factors, screening guidelines, and diagnosis of the disease via the Detection & Prevention Link. The Treatment & Research Link opens a page with resources aimed at making prostate cancer treatment decisions, choosing a treatment option, living with prostate cancer, and dealing with treatment side effects.

Prostate Cancer Research Institute
Educating patients and their families about prostate cancer is the goal of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), . The institute focuses on informing health care professionals and prostate cancer patients on new advances in diagnosis, staging, treatments, and available resources. The PCRI Web site features online videos covering topics such as  chemotherapy for prostate cancernovel therapies for prostate cancermanagement of androgen deprivation therapy side effectstreating androgen-independent prostate cancer without chemotherapy , and  when chemotherapy should be considered . PCRI also provides free DVDs and publications that can be downloaded as PDFs or ordered. To stay up to date on the latest prostate cancer treatments, clinical trials, and advocacy, physicians can  subscribe free of charge  to the PCRI Insights newsletter.

MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site. If you know of some interesting medical sites or have questions about how to use the TMA Web site, e-mail  Crystal Conde . Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.   

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