Prostate Cancer Research Institute Adds New Helpline Staff

By: Bernie Dahl, M.D.

The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) was founded in 1996 by internationally recognized oncologists Stephen B. Strum, M.D. and Mark C. Scholz, M.D. with support from the Daniel Freeman Hospital Foundation in Southern California.

The objective of PCRI is to educate patients and their families about prostate cancer, including new advances in diagnosis, staging, treatments and available resources. PCRI believes that a patient who understands his disease and treatment is empowered to communicate more effectively with his physicians and obtain a better outcome.

The PCRI Helpline is support service available to people dealing with prostate cancer via phone and email. It is staffed by survivors of prostate cancer, some of which are physicians, but the focus is on directing inquirers to information and not practicing medicine.

Bernhoff A. Dahl, M.D. is the former Chief of Pathology at the Eastern Maine Medical Center and co-founder of Dahl-Chase Pathology Associates, which serves twenty hospitals and laboratories in Maine. Although he had no family history of prostate cancer, after years of monitoring his PSA and a negative biopsy, in September 2004 his second biopsy showed aggressive cancer. Dr. Dahl the set about to gain all the current concepts in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment and opted for all four major treatment modalities: androgen-depravation therapy (ADT3), radical prostatectomy, chemotherapy, and external beam radiation therapy, all of which he received in one year. Now three year since the diagnosis was made he has an undetectable PSA, changed his diet drastically, and living every day. During these years of therapy he wrote the book Optimize Your Life!which has become an international best-seller (www.TrionicsUSA.com) . His current work-in-progress is Take Charge of Your Life...or Someone Else Will! which includes material on taking charge of one's healthcare.



In addition to the Helpline, PCRI works closely with other prostate support groups, planning and presenting eight national and regional conferences. It also maintains a powerful web site with a full range of literature on prostate cancer, as well as a quarterly newsletter PCRI Insights.

The services of PCRI depend on contributions from the public. Donations can be made via www.PCRI.org.

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