Improving care for prostate cancer patients

The recent urology clinical forum provided LCA clinicians with an opportunity to discuss how to improve care for prostate cancer patients. The urology pathway group had mapped the 62-day best practice pathway for prostate cancer, and Netty Kinsella, clinical nurse specialist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, presented this and the benefits of implementation at her own trust. The best practice pathway recommends an alteration from conventional sequencing of diagnostics to ensure that referral to treatment times is reduced.

St George's Healthcare NHS Trust has already implemented risk stratified follow up for prostate cancer patients, and consultant urological surgeon, Mr Matthew Perry related his experience on the benefits of this approach. During the breakout session delegates had an opportunity to discuss the main challenges to implementing risk stratified follow up and the strengths and pitfalls of the proposed model.

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