It is thought that Sir Francis Bacon was the first to assert that “knowledge is power.” At Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago (PCFC), we agree that the more you know about prostate cancer and its treatment options, the better you will be able to understand, discuss, and take control of your own health outcome.
Not quite ready to join a support group to learn more about coping with prostate cancer? HealingWell.com is a website that offers educational resources and ‘virtual’ peer support through anonymous patient forums. The website, launched in 1996, has more than 150,000 community members, over 20,000 newsletter subscribers, and over 175,000 social media followers, for a comprehensive list of diseases, including prostate cancer. The HealingWell.com prostate cancer forum began in 2006 and has over 28,000 threads on a wide variety of subtopics related to prostate cancer. The forum’s ‘read-me-first’ thread is an especially useful starting point for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and their caregivers.
Talk with a prostate cancer survivor
Would you prefer a more low-technology way to converse from someone having first-hand knowledge of prostate cancer? PCFC can provide you with telephone contact information of a volunteer patient willing to talk about prostate cancer with other men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer who are considering their treatment options.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago: Patient Support Group
But if you seek support and information in an informal group setting, PCFC Patient Support Group will be here for you. Monthly meetings, held at Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, 815 Pasquinelli Dr., Westmont, IL, include survivors, new patients, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about prostate cancer and treatment. A recent PCFC blog cited a study which suggested that, for some men, face-to-face support group attendance could begin with participation in web-based patient support forums. Several participants of PCFC’s Patient Support Group started learning about prostate cancer through HealingWell.com and other online resources such as the PCFC website, to maintain their anonymity while gathering initial information.
HealingWell.com forums require free registration to post or chat, but are open to all for browsing. See HealingWell.com or Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago websites for more information, such as the PCFC Patient Support Group meeting schedule. And as always, check with your doctor before following advice you receive on a website, forum or other resource.