Post by admin on Jul 3, 2014 10:40:57 GMT -8
We have a lot of collective wisdom about prostate cancer (PC) at this site. This thread is intended to be a list of individual posts, each with an individual piece of wisdom that PC newcomers might not be initially aware of—perhaps things that we wish that we had better understood when we were PC newcomers—to help get them off to a great start on their “patient education” journey.
"Patient education" is the one consistent piece of advice that absolutely every experienced PC survivor gives to any newcomer: take time to learn about prostate cancer.
If fact, the importance of knowledge about the prostate and prostate diseases is being pushed upstream by the professional medical associations to begin before men begin their first PSA test. Many in the medical community have pointed directly to the lack of patient education at the time of diagnosis for the "epidemic" levels of PC overtreatment, and they see patient education as a primary means of curbing PC overtreatment going forward. This approach is especially important if we are going to start baseline PSA testing men at younger-and-younger ages, we've got to help educate them early so that we aren't treating every finding of tiny, indolent PC in a panic as if it were life-threatening...just because it carries the name "cancer."
But, today as it has been in the past, most men will continue to learn about their prostates and prostate cancer after they have been diagnosed. This is where this thread will be incredibly valuable. Newcomers will come here and very quickly come up to speed in the important lessons that perhaps their doctor did not take time to explain, but the men who have gone before them are willing to share in the spirit of "paying it forward."
So, when we see a newcomer joining PCAF in our "Main" Discussion Board, remember to say, "Welcome! Be sure to go to the 'Best Practices' folder and visit the thread called, 'Newly diagnosed with PC?....READ THIS THREAD FIRST'"