Harvard Medical School Prostate Disease Website Guides Patients Through Decision-Making Process

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Harvard Medical School today announced the launch of a new website to help men with prostate cancer and other prostate conditions understand the issues related to their condition and make smart, well-informed decisions regarding treatment.

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Boston, Massachusetts (Vocus) April 23, 2009 -- Harvard Medical School today announced the launch of a new website to help men with prostate cancer and other prostate conditions understand the issues related to their condition and make smart, well-informed decisions regarding treatment. The website, http://www.HarvardProstateKnowledge.org , was created by Dr. Marc Garnick, an internationally renowned expert in medical oncology and urologic cancer. This website is especially timely given all of the recent discussion on prostate disease and the complex information that men and their families have to sort through.

"Many men diagnosed with prostate cancer rush to a specific treatment," says Dr. Garnick, "but most men have time to learn about all of their options. There are many possible actions, including active surveillance, which involves watching the cancer to see if it progresses and treating it at a later time. Since there can be dramatic implications for both health and quality of life, it's important to be well-informed."

The new website provides multiple perspectives on how best to treat prostate disease, including prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and prostatitis, as well as erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels.

"The public continues to be presented with conflicting medical and scientific data regarding many aspects of prostate diseases, including prostate cancer," Dr. Garnick notes. "We created http://www.HarvardProstateKnowledge.org as a tool to help men and their partners get the information they need to ask the right questions of their doctors."

The site draws upon the expertise of the extensive medical staff within Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, as well as that of international thought leaders on prostate disease. It includes interviews and group discussions with faculty experts and first-hand accounts from patients and their families. The website also features video and interactive tools and will be updated regularly.

An open website, http://www.HarvardProstateKnowledge.org is available free to the public, made possible through funding from several philanthropic families. Dr. Garnick is a clinical professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and editor in chief of Perspectives on Prostate Disease, a quarterly publication for patients. He is also the author of A Patient's Guide to Prostate Cancer, and he maintains an active clinical practice at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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