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.
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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.