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MacKenzie KR, Aning JJ. GPs could play key role in prostate cancer survivorship programmes. Practitioner; 2014–258 (1776):27-31

GPs could play key role in prostate cancer survivorship programmes

24 Nov 2014Pais-up subscribers

More than 80% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer can expect to survive for at least five years. Up to 87% of men with prostate cancer may have unmet supportive care needs. Patients regularly cite psychological and sexual issues as the most significant. Poor functional outcomes after treatment such as incontinence and erectile dysfunction have a major impact on quality of life. The key elements of a survivorship programme are: education, intervention, surveillance and co-ordination of care. Interventions which may improve immediate care include: structured holistic needs assessment and care planning, treatment summaries and cancer care reviews, patient education and support events and advice about, and access to, physical activity schemes. [With external links to the evidence base]

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