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The PCRI mission is to improve the quality of men’s lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families and the medical community. PCRI believes that a patient who understands his disease and his treatment options is empowered to communicate more effectively with his physicians and will obtain a better outcome.
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education and research organization that advances awareness and monitoring of ever-expanding and evolving treatments available to improve outcomes for prostate cancer patients.For over 15 years, PCRI has been dedicated to improving the quality of men’s lives through our various programs. Its programs include:
- An annual prostate cancer conference, one of the biggest of its kind in the world, bring hundreds of patients, caregivers, physicians and institutional supporters together for a weekend of interactive sessions and lectures.
- Two newsletters: the Insights newsletter, which is distributed quarterly to over 20,000 patients and physicians; and the PCRI Weekly newsletter, which is published every Thursday on the PCRI website.
- A phone-based Helpline that provides patients and advocates with educational materials relevant to diagnosis, treatment and applicable research.
- Our website, www.pcri.org, which contains up-to-date information about all aspects of prostate cancer and provides an introduction to assist a newly diagnosed patient in understanding the biology and extent of his prostate cancer.
- "What’s Your SHADE?", introducing the concept of different shades of blue as a way to navigate the various types of prostate cancer: low risk, intermediate risk, high risk, relapsed and advanced
- PCRI Blue Community (www.pcribc.org), which is for men with prostate cancer and their families to network and share their experiences with others in their same risk category, or "shade" of blue (the awareness color for prostate cancer).
- Ongoing research into prostate cancer screening among men in high-risk groups, advanced prostate cancer, pain management, and advocacy for advanced prostate cancer patients.
- A training and mentoring program for support group leaders across the country, to be launched in the spring of 2012
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