History

Recognizing the need for prostate cancer control in Arkansas, six community leaders, who are all prostate cancer survivors, and a Medical Advisory Committee of physicians from around the state formed the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) in 2000.  The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, has a mission to promote awareness, encourage timely detection and support improved treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas.  Believing that all men in the state, regardless of disparities in cultural competence, financial resources or proximity to care should have access to information, diagnosis and treatment, APCF implemented its education and screening program in 2001, a model that has increased participation ever since by working with healthcare providers and community partners who are vested in men’s health.  In 2006, the first regional prostate cancer support group located in Little Rock was added to the program model.  Three years later, three additional regional support groups located in Fayetteville, Ft. Smith and Jonesboro were also added.  All of these groups, now known collectively as the Peer Network, provide confidential environments for diagnosed men to share about their experiences with prostate cancer.  The Peer Network is ongoing with plans to grow into other areas in the future.  Finally, the program model was expanded to include a Patient Navigation program and a Survivor Mentor program.  The Navigation program provides a trained professional “navigator” to guide individual men with suspicious prostate findings through the cancer care system from diagnosis to treatment and recovery, making sure that each man gets the resources and support he needs.  The Survivor Mentor program connects newly diagnosed men one-on-one with a survivor who provides information and support.