NEW YORK--Medical leaders and prostate cancer patient advocacy groups
have joined with Immunex Corporation to launch Empowered Patients in Control
(EPIC), an education program designed to help men with late-stage prostate
cancer confront the physical and emotional issues related to their disease.
Said spokesman Harry Belafonte, the noted singer/actor, "it is
only when we stare these problems in the face that we can truly seek to
solve them." Mr. Belafonte was diagnosed with prostate cancer after
a routine checkup and underwent prostatectomy last year.
The goal of the new program is to provide patients, their families,
and their physicians with access to the latest information and tools necessary
to improve the management of pain commonly associated with advanced prostate
The components of EPIC are:
- The Epic panel comprised of distinguished medical experts, prostate
cancer patients, and representatives from leading third-party organizations
advocating improved treatment of prostate cancer.
- The EPIC Manual for Patients and Physicians, developed by the
EPIC professional panelists, which will include treatment guidelines, therapy
goals, patient support materials, and other information. A video for patients
and their families is also being developed.