Stratified follow-up care for people with prostate cancer
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Stratified follow-up care for people with prostate cancer

Sandra Dyer Prostate cancer project nurse lead, Transforming Cancer Services Team for London, South East Commissioning Support Unit
Sarita Yaganti Cancer strategy implementation lead, Transforming Cancer Services Team for London, South East Commissioning Support Unit
Jaimin Patel Prostate cancer project GP lead, Transforming Cancer Services Team for London, South East Commissioning Support Unit

Sandra Dyer and colleagues describe the testing of a follow-up pathway to manage patient transitions from secondary to primary care

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK (Office for National Statistics 2013) and more men are now surviving because of improved treatments (Cancer Research UK 2015). A national initiative to provide follow-up pathways as alternatives to traditional hospital outpatient care aims to improve the quality of care while freeing up capacity in secondary care for diagnosis and treatment of new patients. The project described here aimed to test a primary care-led pathway for prostate cancer follow-up. This article outlines the rationale for developing the pathway, provides an overview of the pathway and describes the tools developed to support clinicians in managing prostate cancer as a long-term condition in the primary care setting.

Primary Health Care. 26, 2,24-30. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.2.24.s22

Correspondence

Sandra.dyer1@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 August 2015

Accepted: 01 October 2015