About PHEN and PHEN TV

About PHEN

The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN) was founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington. Mr. Farrington was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in 2000. He is the author of the books “Battling The Killer Within” and “Battling The Killer Within and Winning.” As a leader in the fight for prostate cancer Mr. Farrington serves as a member of the board of trustees for The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) prostate cancer treatments and early detection guideline panels. He also regularly speaks and participates in various capacities on prostate cancer issues.  

About PHEN TV

PHEN TV was created in 2003 to share recorded webinars with prostate cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, doctors, leaders, and many more. The content is divided into “channels” based on the category the information is related to.

PHEN Mission Statement

To eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity. PHEN’s mission also includes advocacy efforts to increase the overall support and resources for a war on prostate cancer that will lead to a cure for the disease for the benefit of all men. 

PHEN Initiatives

The PHEN Survivor Network was established in 2003 to mobilize black prostate cancer survivors to work collectively towards eliminating the racial disparity. This network supports PHEN’s educational initiatives in communities across the country.

E-Newsletter and Social Media Outreach began in 2012 to educate about evolving treatments, clinical trials and other topics to keep the patient community knowledgeable and engaged. 

Monthly Support Group Meetings and Webcasts have been hosted since 2003 in partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. These meetings bring together survivors and caregivers an educational presentation which is streamed live to thousands each month. This is followed by a man-to-man session for survivors.   These meetings are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to resume them in 2022.  

The “Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit” began in 2005 to address policy, medical and community outreach initiatives to eliminate the prostate cancer racial disparity. The summit is a two-day program hosted in Washington, DC with live streaming reaching thousands online.  

BoneRisk.org provides important information for prostate cancer patients that will increase their knowledge and how to manage their bone health because prostate cancer progression and treatments can cause bone loss which can lead to fractures.  

PHEN’s Clinical Trials Rally was launched in 2017 to raise awareness and knowledge about prostate cancer clinical trials to increase African American participation. Pharmaceutical organizations partner with PHEN on this effort.

PHEN began touring the Daddy’s Boys stage play in 2018 as entertainment to educate about prostate cancer. Performances were held in theaters and mega-churches in 14 cities through 2019. In 2020 the stage play was arranged in film episodes which were streamed online with a high level of viewership.  New episodes of “Daddy’s Boys” are now created and streamed online to an expanding audience. 

PHENPSA.com educational portal provides prostate cancer early detection screening information and aims to reduce deaths from prostate cancer by detecting cancer that may be life threatening at an early stage where it may be treated and managed effectively.

PHENPath.com helps patients to understand their treatment pathways and treatment options. From initial diagnosis and all along a prostate cancer journey, PHENPath supports patients in making informed and shared-decisions with their doctors.

PHENCovid19 provides important informational resources to support the special needs of prostate cancer patients and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It also includes inspiratational messages from community leaders.