Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Perspectives
Posted on Sep 30, 2011 | 0 comments
Following his own prostate cancer treatment, PAMF patient Mike Lowe offered to produce a DVD for the Cancer Care Center to give to all newly-diagnosed prostate cancer patients. With support from his doctor, and funding from two foundations, the patient-produced video – “Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Perspective,” is now given by PAMF to each newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient and has had more than 1,000 views on YouTube.
“The Prostate Cancer Survivors’ Perspective” video has guys who have gone through it talking directly to the new prostate cancer patients,” explains Lowe. “I had to do it because I thought it was necessary, and this is my contribution to the welfare of others who get diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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“It’s hard talking about emotions when you haven’t had that emotion yourself. The doctors are great, but they haven’t personally ‘been there’ as newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients, and they haven’t gone through the ups and downs of cancer – the anxieties, the fear. That’s why this video is so important. It gives newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients first-hand experience of what it’s like – what it feels like, what we go through and the roller coaster ride from day one when the doctor tells you that you have cancer. These patients wonder, ‘OK, what do I do now? Where do I seek help? Where can I get information?’ That’s all covered on the DVD, and these prostate cancer survivors tell what they did when they received their diagnosis and how they coped. And that’s what it’s all about –- being able to say: ‘OK, I’ve got it. What do I do about it?’”