Providing information early in the clinical pathway for people with prostate cancer
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Providing information early in the clinical pathway for people with prostate cancer

Maria Bracey Macmillan clinical project nurse, Cancer Services, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, England
Jane Billing Urology advanced nurse practitioner, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, England
Claire Turner Uro-oncology advanced nurse specialist, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, England
Ruth Endacott Director, University of Plymouth/Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Clinical School, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, England

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative recommends offering health and well-being clinics to people who have been newly diagnosed with cancer. Evidence suggests delivery of group information is an effective use of resources and peer support and can affect people’s experiences positively to improve their outcomes. This article reports findings from a pilot study in which health and well-being clinics were implemented at the pre-treatment stage of the pathway for people with surgically treatable prostate cancer. The article explains how health and well-being clinics used at the start of patient pathways can help support their early needs, including managing the consequences of their treatment and signposting them to community support services. This model could be replicated in other cancer sites to improve patient outcomes.

Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1520

Citation

Bracey M, Billing J, Turner C et al (2018) Providing information early in the clinical pathway for people with prostate cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2018.e1520

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

maria.bracey@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 25 October 2018

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