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How A Primer on Prostate Cancer Evolved
by Donna Pogliano

My partner's diagnosis in October, 1999, started my research into prostate cancer. Soon, I became confident enough to counsel others and point them to resources, as did other people who subscribed to the prostate cancer email discussion lists.

In March, 2000, I started a project to put all the best information we were repeating over and over again into one concise document. I drafted it in June, 2000 and sent it to other educated patients for review. It was ready in September, 2000, after Dr. Stephen Strum checked it for accuracy. Robert Young put it on the Web at Phoenix5 for all to see and use.

But so many men diagnosed with prostate cancer are not computer literate and we wanted a way to reach them as well. Dr. Stephen Strum, a world-renowned medical oncologist, volunteered to review the document, thus beginning two years of collaboration in the writing of the book.

Finally, in late September, 2002, the 368-page book version, called A Primer on Prostate Cancer, The Empowered Patient's Guide was published. It is a full-color, fully indexed and referenced book with a glossary, a resource list and several other appendices. For more information on the book version of the Primer, click on

--Donna Pogliano

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