WILMINGTON, DelawareAstra-Zeneca has launched CHOICES, a
comprehensive resource program for men with prostate cancer and their
families. The program contains expert advice to help patients make
informed treatment choices and real life messages from survivors, the
company said in a news release.
The CHOICES packet consists of two videocassettes and a short
The first video, Understanding Your Choice, reviews the function of
the prostate gland, explains how physicians diagnose prostate cancer,
and details the four key treatment selections: surgery, radiation
therapy, hormonal therapy, and close surveillance.
The second video, CHOICES Weve Made, approaches the treatment
alternatives through the experiences of four actual prostate cancer
patients. Physicians, patients, and family members explain their
roles in living with prostate cancer and how they came to their
various treatment decisions.
The CHOICES videos showed me how important my role is in
prostate cancer treatment and how that choice can affect my
life, Robert Wilbert, a prostate cancer survivor from Detroit,
said in the release. Now I have a better understanding of the
disease and the various therapies I can choose from. After reviewing
the tapes with my family, we felt comfortable discussing what method
would be best for me.
CHOICES videos are available to prostate cancer patients through
their physicians. Doctors will receive CHOICES materials through
their AstraZeneca urology sales representatives.