Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network is a grassroots, registered 501(c)(3) non-profit prostate cancer education and support network of 325 support group chapters worldwide, providing men and their families with free information, materials and peer-to-peer support so they can make informed choices on detection, treatment options and coping with ongoing survivorship. The organization was founded in 1990 by five men who had been treated for prostate cancer.
The mission of Us TOO is to help men and their families make informed decisions about prostate cancer detection and treatment through support, education and advocacy.
Receiving the news that you or a loved one has prostate cancer is traumatizing. Life is suddenly out of control and fear takes hold. Often, feelings of helplessness, guilt, isolation and anger emerge. No one needs to face prostate cancer alone. Us TOO provides the forum for sharing, caring and learning through its many programs and services designed for both men with cancer and their loved ones.
In addition to providing education and support programs, Us TOO is an active advocate for patients. We are committed to making sure patients have access to the programs, medications, treatments and health care professionals they need for the best possible outcomes.
A member patient advocacy organization of the National Health Council, Us TOO International has achieved compliance with the Council's Standards of Excellence, maintaining the highest standards of organizational effectiveness and public stewardship.
Just as pink is to breast cancer, blue is to prostate cancer. Us TOO wants to increase prostate cancer awareness and for people to see more blue, or SEA Blue, with SEA standing for support, educate and advocate – the primary components of Us TOO’s mission.
“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” –
Special Patient Education Resources: Us TOO is continuously developing new programs and materials on the latest treatment and diagnostic strategies available for patients. Most recently, Us TOO has focused on the development of resources dedicated to bone health issues and new hormone therapies.
Support Groups: Regular meetings for men with prostate cancer and their friends and families are held in locations throughout the United States and abroad. Currently, Us TOO has a network of more than 300 support groups. Meetings provide unbiased information from experts in areas related to prostate cancer including treatment options, pain control, nutrition, mental health, coping strategies and more.
John Moenck Memorial Resource Center: Resources related to the diagnosis, treatment and research of prostate cancer are available on loan from our headquarters. Books, video tapes, journals and other materials are available for viewing at no charge.
Web Based Communities: Our on-line discussion communities are dedicated to supporting and educating prostate cancer patients. Special discussion topics and wikis address specific concerns for both patients and families depending on area of interest, stage of disease, or preferred treatment.
Newsletters: Us TOO distributes
NEWS You Can Use via email to interested subscribers. Topics highlight latest news of interest to patients and concerned others. Our
Hot Sheet monthly newsletter
highlights the latest in treatment strategies as well as emerging treatments.
The Us TOO Chapter NEWS! provides a look at local support group activities
Advocacy: Join us in our fight to increase funding for early detection, diagnosis, treatment and research. Learn how you can improve the resources dedicated to finding the cure for prostate cancer.
Circles of Love: This program is especially for companions and families of those with prostate cancer. The program provides resources such as books, brochures, web based resources and even inspirational music for companions and families struggling to support their loved one.
Toll Free Patient Support Line: Our toll free line provides a link for patients and concerned others to access resources regarding diagnosis, treatment options and support systems. Upon request, we can provide you with phone support from a prostate cancer survivor. Call
1-800-80-UsTOO (1-800-808-7866), M-F 9am-5pm Central Time.
Minority and Underserved Populations Outreach: Us TOO is committed to providing prostate cancer education to minorities, underserved communities and those in rural areas. Us TOO conducts outreach activities in those geographic areas identified as having an increased incidence of prostate cancer and strives to bring the early detection message and supportive resources to these communities.
Awareness: Us TOO encourages everyone to participate in prostate cancer awareness. Blue Ribbon
Car Magnets, and other Blue items are available for purchase from Us TOO headquarters or at our website. Wear your blue and spread the word. You could save a life!
Volunteer Opportunities: Us TOO is an organization built by prostate cancer patients to serve and support prostate cancer patients and their families. Our programs and services are developed and implemented by volunteers. Help us help others by becoming a volunteer. Call our office or visit our web site to learn more.
Newly Diagnosed Patient Resource Kits: Hearing the words “you have cancer” can be traumatizing. There are many factors to consider before deciding upon a course of action. Our patient resource kit will provide clear, unbiased information to help patients and their families make the best decisions for their particular situation.
Shop our On-line Store: Items available for purchase include Us TOO awareness items, books, our Circles of Love music CD and more!