Emotional and Informational Support for the Patient Undergoing Radical Prostatectomy
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Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin male malignancy diagnosed in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimated that 220,900 new cases of prostate cancer would be diagnosed in 2003 (33% of male cancers diagnosed) (1). In the United States, 80–90% of these prostate cancers will be diagnosed at a clinically localized stage, and approx 65% of these cases will be pathologically organ-confined (2). This means that most newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients will have favorable survival outcomes following treatment. However, controversy exists regarding the best treatment for localized prostate cancer. Although each treatment option has the potential to cure the cancer, the options can have considerable impact on the patient’s quality of life. Having options regarding treatment is viewed by health care providers as a positive thing, but many men struggle to decide on the best treatment to cure the cancer while maintaining an acceptable quality of life. Getting accurate information about treatment options and the side effects of the options will help the person to make the decision that is right for him.
KeywordsProstate Cancer Radical Prostatectomy Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Localize Prostate Cancer Foley Catheter
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