For Men’s Health Week in June, we are highlighting the benefit of using the Prostate Cancer Optimal Care Pathway. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australian men, and fortunately has a very high five-year survival rate (94%). However, a significant sub-group of patients’ report poor quality of life post treatment, such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
Following the Optimal Care Pathway has the potential to significantly improve patients’ quality of life by building general practices awareness of symptoms, PSA testing guidelines, referral pathways, management options and supportive care needs. Men should be fully informed before making final decisions on either PSA testing or management of prostate cancer.
HealthPathways Melbourne have also developed a Prostate Cancer HealthPathway to align with the Optimal Care Pathway. View this by logging in to HealthPathways Melbourne (Username: Connected, Password: healthcare).