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New Program to Educate Late-Stage Patients About Pain Management

New Program to Educate Late-Stage Patients About Pain Management

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 cancer.

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.
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