Men’s views of prostate cancer diagnosis and care

Data from the Victorian Prostate Cancer Registry showed differences in care and poorer rates of survival for men diagnosed with prostate cancer in one Victorian regional area compared with men in metropolitan Melbourne.

To gain an understanding of the reasons behind these regional differences, the experiences and perceptions of men with prostate cancer have been explored in a qualitative study recently published in BMC Cancer.

Comparisons between responses of men from regional and metropolitan areas related mostly to the more limited supportive care available in regional areas. From a more general perspective, it was evident that every aspect of prostate cancer care would benefit from attention, from making efforts to publicise the need for men to check prostate health, to treatment, and supporting men in the years after treatment.

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