Besides curing men with active prostate cancer, researchers also want to prevent it from starting or relapsing. Accordingly, we will launch a separate program that will complement the IPCR's work in clinical trials, prostate cancer avatars and genomic research.
This program—the Prostate Cancer Prevention Center—will focus on two related tasks:
- Preventing prostate cancer
- Preventing disease relapse in patients who have already been diagnosed
Like the other components of the Act Smart Initiative, the center will help accelerate research by involving more men in groundbreaking studies and giving them access to leading-edge prevention programs.
First, the center will offer prostate cancer patients the opportunity to become involved in prevention research undertaken at UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. This research includes lifestyle and drug intervention studies aimed at prolonging disease-free survival—and improving quality of life—for men who have had or who currently have prostate cancer.
At the same time, we will work with men with inactive cancer to identify and develop a panel of molecular markers that can be used to more precisely predict a patient's prognosis.
Second, the center will include a Prostate Cancer Prevention Clinic for men who do not have prostate cancer. This clinic will be modeled on successful programs for breast, ovarian and lung cancers at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership that includes UW Medicine, the Hutchinson Center and Seattle Children's.
At the prevention clinic, men at high risk for getting prostate cancer and susceptible family members will be able to access evidence-based, cancer-related services, such as genetic counseling and prostate cancer screening, as well as strategies aimed at reducing cancer risk, such as weight loss and smoking cessation programs. Patients also will be able to participate in research directed toward identifying the biological factors that influence prostate cancer risk.
The clinic is led by Dr. Paul Lange, the former chair of UW urology and the director of the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research. He has more than 30 years of experience in genitourinary oncology and is a prostate cancer expert and survivor.
Who should come? This facility may be particularly useful for the family members of prostate cancer patients or other individuals at high risk of developing prostate cancer (such as African Americans).
We also provide support for prostate cancer patients and survivors who need more information about their diagnosis, their treatment options, or are looking to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of cancer recurrence.
Services we provide:
- Information on prostate cancer screening: finding cancer early increases your ability to defeat it
- Counseling to develop a cancer-prevention lifestyle
- Diet, physical activity, and smoking cessation support
- Genetic Assessment: 5-10% of prostate cancers are inherited. We provide a general assessment and as needed, refer to a genetic counselor
- Access to prevention study clinical trials
The clinic is now open to see patients. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 206.667.3042 or email PCAPC@uw.edu