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From Insights May 2014 Vol.17 Is. 2
Peter Scholz, PCRI Communications Manager
 

Building on recent updates to our website—www.pcri.org—we are proud to announce the launch of the new Prostate Cancer Blue Community (PCBC). The PCBC is a simple yet powerful vehicle for patients and caregivers to interact with other prostate cancer patients. The PCBC is an online forum where you can ask questions and share your insights with other men from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

The new Blue Community is structured around the Shades of Blue with six separate forums—one for each shade and another one for general questions and topics. Finding your shade is easy with our new online tool that utilizes information that you can obtain from your medical chart. The tool quickly tells you your shade by asking you a few brief questions. Once you know your shade you will be directed to the forum most suited to your personal case. This way, the PCBC helps men focus on the forum that is most relevant to each man’s specific situation. Each forum is moderated by a select group of experienced prostate cancer patients ensuring that the discussions stay on topic. These moderators will also be able to point you in the direction of the most important conversations helping you find the answers you need.

The Blue Community allows you to maintain as much privacy and anonymity as you wish to have. The anonymity of an online discussion may give confidence to discuss difficult topics that some might hesitate to mention at an in-person support group. Men also have the option of simply following the conversations of other patients. The PCBC also enables men to contribute to the dialog by sharing their personal story. Men can participate as much or as little as they are comfortable doing.

The PCBC enables men to be involved in multiple discussions simultaneously. Our new system helps you keep track of them all; when you post a response, or broach a new topic, you can “subscribe” to that topic. The website will then send you an email, updating you whenever a new reply is posted on that same topic. Even if you haven’t contributed to a certain topic, you can still subscribe to it and get updates every time a new post is added.

These enhancements, among others, make the Blue Community an engaging, simple, yet powerful way to learn more about your prostate cancer, and a great way to give back to the community. Sign up today at: bluecommunity.prostate-cancer.org and:

  • Connect with other patients from the comfort of your own home and the convenience of your own schedule
  • Access information about other patient’s experiences who are in similar circumstances
  • Maintain your privacy while getting answers to difficult questions
  • Be engaged in the multiple discussions while sidestepping topics that either don’t interest you or don’t apply to your case
  • Learn more about prostate cancer; become empowered to understand your medical situation more clearly

 

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