BENEFITING: PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
EVENT DATE: Mar 31, 2018
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute is a non-profit that provides education, support, and empowerment to prostate cancer patients, their loved ones, and the medical community. We believe that a patient who is empowered and educated on his specific diagnosis and fully understands his medical results will make the best treatment decisions and receive the best outcomes. A prostate cancer diagnosis comes with many questions, concerns, and doubts. This is why PCRI is raising money to fund the build of an online diagnostic tool; Shades.
“Prostate cancer” is an umbrella term covering five major stages, each requiring different treatments. Distinct varieties of the cancer exist. The Shades system uses 5 shades of blue creating the acronym STAIR. STAIR stands for Sky, Teal, Azure, Indigo, and Royal-the shades ascending in that order. Within each shade there may be sub-shades to add even more specificity. So what does it mean? A man’s shade tells him exactly what type of prostate cancer he has (stages his cancer), It places him on a map so he knows where to start and which information applies to his case, the treatment options available to him, the side effects, and what impacts to expect on his life. A man is “staged” by inputting information which is easily found in his medical chart. If there are any issues understanding his chart, the Shades book explains exactly where to find each piece of information. Once a man knows which shade he is, he only has to read the applicable chapters to his shade. This eliminates unnecessary information and provides clarification, knowledge, and support. The Shades online staging tool combined with the Shades book educate and empower men and their caregivers without overwhelming them.
Donate to support and enable this work and you will be an advocate helping men and their loved ones worldwide. If you choose to help us build the Shades online staging tool you are positively changing the way patients face prostate cancer forever. To find out more about PCRI, visit www.pcri.org today!