Prostate Cancer UK’s latest report ‘It’s time for Quality Care. Everywhere’ identifies the areas where good quality care is delivered and also the areas where improvement is needed.
The key findings of the report show a mixed picture of care for men, with variations in the quality of care around the UK.
Some of the findings are positive, with 86% of men given the name of a specialist nurse, 95% of men are still alive one year after diagnosis and 83% of men are still alive five years after diagnosis.
However the report found that there is significant room for improvement. 22% of men did not receive easy to understand information about their prostate cancer and 26% of men surveyed did not feel their views were taken into account when discussing personal treatment options. Furthermore, there are still over 10,000 men dying of prostate cancer every year in the UK.
Prostate Cancer UK has been working with local health professionals to implement their Quality Checklist, which outlines the care and support that all men should expect to receive. The Checklist is based on research with people affected by prostate cancer and healthcare professionals.
For more information on Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United campaign please visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/menunited