Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to prostate cancer research and education. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago’s database of over 13,000 patients is one of the largest in the world. The database serves as a wonderful tool to track cure rates, treatment data including PSA levels, and follow-up studies on quality of life. Much of the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center’s data is used to conduct various research projects, which have been published in a wide array of prestigious medical journals and presented at national and international medical conferences. In addition to research, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago offers a comprehensive prostate brachytherapy training course four times a year, which more than 500 radiation oncologists, urologists and physicists from all over the world have attended since its inception. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago also sponsors a weekly tumor board in which radiation oncologists, urologists, physics and nursing staff meet to discuss new techniques and the latest research related to prostate cancer treatment.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago offers monthly patient support groups for new and former patients. This is a forum for patients to ask questions, discuss their experiences, and support other patients that are going through the process of deciding on a treatment after diagnosis. There are always staff members present, including an oncologist, to answer questions and provide information.