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This is a companion piece to Fighting Prostate Cancer: Good News, Bad News.

Navigating the health care system to get the best care is a challenge, but it's worth the fight. Working through patient networks, top cancer hospitals, advocacy organizations and clinical trials may help you find the care you need.

1. Contact the advocates:

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN)

The Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Net

2. Find the best hospitals:

There are 65 federally designated National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers in the United States. They are your best bets for financial assistance, regardless of insurance status, and access to the most advanced treatments. 

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3. Investigate clinical trials:

Participating in research will not only speed the discovery of more effective treatments for African-American men but may also be a way to gain access to groundbreaking medical discoveries. Keep track at ClinicalTrials.gov.