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Guideline Addresses Care for Prostate Cancer Survivors

Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. 2014;312(3):220-221. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8006.
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With survival rates topping 90%, the cohort of US prostate cancer survivors is large—nearly 3 million—and growing. But it’s not all good news for these survivors, many of whom face problems related to their cancer or its treatment. Common complications of both prostatectomy and radiation therapy, such as sexual dysfunction and incontinence, may be difficult to discuss and easily overlooked by physicians.

A new guideline from the American Cancer Society aims to help physicians better anticipate and meet these needs (http://bit.ly/1ldYwh2). The guideline covers the need for ongoing cancer surveillance, wellness promotion, screening and treatment for long-term cancer-related effects, psychosocial care, and coordination of care with oncologists.

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A new guideline helps physicians anticipate and manage the long-term concerns that prostate cancer survivors may face over time.

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