Recommended Resources for Patients

Source: information on this page is sourced from the Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration (APCC) Prostate Health Information Program
General information on Prostate Cancer 
Accessing peer support
Relationships Counselling
Clinical Trials in Australia
Alternative and complementary therapies
Nomograms: Software for estimating risk
Prostate Cancer Books
Other helpful websites

General information on Prostate Cancer  

Lions Australian Prostate Cancer Website This website established by the Australian Prostate Cancer Collaboration gives stage-by-stage information on prostate cancer, support groups, news, and an email helpline.

The Queensland Cancer Council
The Helpline is staffed by trained professionals who have knowledge about cancer and cancer care. If you have questions about cancer, our Helpline team can help. They provide information, support, and referrals to services throughout the state. The Helpline operates from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. To access the Helpline, call 13 11 20, fax (07) 3259 8459 or email

The Cancer Council Australia’s Cancer Helpline
The Cancer Council Helpline is a free (cost of a local call), confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory. Phone 13 11 20.

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
The PCFA is a peak body raising funds, raising awareness and supporting men with prostate cancer. It has a toll-free number and informative website. Phone 1800 22 00 99.

The Urological Society of Australasia
This peak body representing Urologists has an informative website which includes how to find a Urologist in your area (Australia and New Zealand).

Andrology Australia
Andrology Australia, a centre of excellence in male reproductive health disorders, provides information on prostate disease, male infertility, testicular cancer and many other topics.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network
This US network of 20 leading cancer centres has clinical practice guidelines for most cancers, including ‘Prostate Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Patients’ updated in 2005.

Continence Foundation of Australia Helpline
This professional body provides a free national helpline on managing bowel or bladder problems. Phone 1800 33 00 66.


Accessing Peer Support 

You can find a peer support group in your area in a number of ways:

  • visit the Lions Australian Prostate Cancer website and search by your state:
  • visit the PCFA website which has a listing:
  • call the Prostate Cancer Foundation Infoline on 1800 22 00 99
  • call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
  • You can also access others’ experiences of prostate cancer by joining an email mailing list eg.

Relationships Counselling 

Mensline Australia
This is a national 7 day a week service for men with family and relationship difficulties. Phone: 1300 78 99 78.


Clinical Trials in Australia 

The Australian Clinical Trials Registry
The Registry website has clinical trials available nationally as well as the type of patients they are seeking.


Alternative and complementary therapies 

National Prescribing Service Medicines Line
This Australian service provides consumers with independent information on prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal and natural therapies. Phone: 1300 888 763.

National Centre for Alternative and Complementary Medicine
You can search for trials of complementary treatments on PubMed from this website of the US National Institutes of Health.

American Cancer Society
The ACS website gives information on different types of complementary medicine as well as evidence supporting effectiveness.


Nomograms: Software for estimating risk 

This is sophisticated software for calculating the probability of different outcomes, given clinical information such as your stage, grade and PSA. It is not easy to understand without some medical knowledge.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre A leading US cancer centre providing a number of nomograms for calculating prostate cancer risk with an explanation of how to use them.

Prostate Cancer Research Institute This non-profit US organisation, founded in 1996 by medical oncologists, provides a range of educational tools including nomograms and tools to calculate PSA doubling time.


Other helpful websites 

You are not alone!
A very supportive website with strong patient input. It has stories from family members as well as men themselves.

Listing of websites
A list of annotated links to Australian and international prostate cancer websites is given on the Lions Australian Prostate Cancer website.


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