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by Jamie Bearse   |   March 12, 2020

Supporting the Prostate Cancer Community in a Time of Pandemic

At ZERO, men and their families in health and in sickness, are our top priority. Our hearts are with all those in the U.S. and worldwide who have been affected by the COVID-19. With the World Health Organization officially declaring COVID-19 as a pandemic, the prostate cancer community should be on alert. As many of you know, cancer can often weaken an immune system and cancer patients are especially susceptible to catching other illnesses. Both diligence and discipline are critical as you take steps to protect yourself and your family.

First and foremost, know you are not alone. ZERO is here to support you and your loved ones. In my nearly two decades of service with ZERO, I’ve seen the prostate cancer community unite and rally time and time again. I expect the same will be true during the COVID-19 outbreak — together, we are stronger. I’m grateful to be a part of this special community. 

Now more than ever, prostate cancer patients and their families may need additional support. ZERO’s dedicated staff and patient programs are ready and able to serve the prostate cancer community. For comprehensive patient support, ZERO360 is just a toll-free phone call away. For those wanting one-on-one support with another patient or survivor, ZERO’s MENtor program can match you with someone who has been in similar shoes. For those wanting to join the larger conversation with nearly 2,500 members nationwide, become a member of our private prostate cancer online support community on Facebook called ZERO Connect.

In addition to our support programs, ZERO has developed a resource page to help you navigate this pandemic with frequently asked questions and answers and a list of resources. Please stay in touch and follow us on social media for the latest news and updates. Your ZERO community is here for you in this time of need. We will continue to closely monitor updates and guidelines from federal health experts and authorities, and share those with the prostate cancer community. Thank you for your continued trust in ZERO as a resource for the prostate cancer community. Your health and well-being is, as always, at the forefront of everything we do. We will get through this together.

Have an idea for what else ZERO can do to support you, your family, and the entire prostate cancer community during this time? Send me a note at jamie@zerocancer.org, or tweet me at @jamiebearse.