For men with prostate cancer (PC), patient care and treatment recommendations should not focus solely on the disease but should also take into account the views of the patient.
The diagnosis and consequences of monitoring or treatment should be fully explained. Recommending Active Surveillance (AS) for the monitoring of a proven low-risk, low-volume prostate cancer should ensure that the psychological impact of AS is taken into account and included in a holistic approach to patient and disease management. This article is a rapid literature search relating to AS, and how the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis may influence patient choice.
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Uro-Oncology Specialist Nurse at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Kent and Canterbury Hospital.
Reference: Br J Nurs. 2014 Oct 9;23 Suppl 18:S4-S12.