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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor within the prostate gland and is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and initially remains confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. While the most common type of prostate cancer grows slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Prostate Cancer
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site provides a portal for authoritative information from both government-sponsored and privately developed health information websites.

Cancer.net: Prostate Cancer
Accurate, current information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. There is information on treatment, support, clinical trials, and research.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to fighting cancer with sections on education, support and treatment, and research. This site has many resources available to patients, families, and caregivers.

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Contains information about the many services offered by Northwestern’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of thirteen founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


  • Everything you need to know about cancer in language you can actually understand. Galsky M. 2010.
  • Your brain after chemo: a practical guide to lifting the fog and getting back your focus. Silverman D and Davidson I. 2009.
  • 100 Questions & Answers about Prostate Diseases. Loughlin KR. 2007.
  • Surviving Prostate Cancer: What You Need to Know to Make Informed Decisions. Torrey EF. 2006.
  • Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer. Perlman G, ed. 2005.
  • Prostate Cancer: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J, ed. 2010. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library.

Journal Articles

  • “Stem cells and the prostate.” Harvard Men’s Health Watch. 14(6):5–7. January 2010.
  • “Health-related quality of life in men with localized prostate cancer.” International Journal of Urology. Namiki S. 17(2):125-38, February 2010.
  • “Prostate cancer screening 2010: updated recommendations from the American Cancer Society.” Brooks DD. Journal of the National Medical Assn. 102(5):423-9, May 2010.
  • “Immunotherapy: a new option for advanced prostate cancer. Harvard Men’s Health Watch. 15(2):1–2. September 2010.
  • “Prostate-specific antigen: a New(ish) study.” Harvard Men’s Health Watch. 15(4):6–8, November 2010.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society’s Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312.926.4282.

US TOO! International, Inc.
Independent network of prostate cancer support groups. Includes patient information resources, as well as support groups and resources for family members.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Centerat 312.926.5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateDecember 2, 2011