After Prostate Cancer: Recognizing and Meeting the Needs of Survivors

A free online accredited CPD program for Canadian physicians and healthcare professionals

Continuing Medical Education on Prostate Cancer Survivors

A patient with prostate caancer Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer in Canadian men, with 1 in 8 Canadian males expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. It is the 3rd leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada. With earlier diagnosis and advances in cancer treatment, patients are living longer with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Nearly all men who receive a diagnosis of local or regional prostate cancer now live for at least an additional 15 years (94.3%). But the majority of prostate cancer survivors live with unmet supportive care needs.
Patient-centred care in prostate cancer survivorship (PCS) must address the patient’s immediate treatment needs and concerns in addition to long-term concerns such as depression, anxiety, urinary dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction. Issues include the physical, psychosocial, social/family, mental, functional, spiritual, emotional, and practical concerns of daily living. Family, community, and caregivers play an important role in PCS.
Program Planning Committee
Michael Brundage, MSc., FRCPC, MD
Shabbir M.H. Alibhai, MD, MSc., FRCPC
Phyllis Bedder, MD
Alan Bell, MD, CCFP
Joseph L. Chin, O.Ont., M.D., FRCSC
Lisa Del Giudice, MSc., MD, CCFP
Andrew Matthew, MD, PhD, CPsych


1 Mainpro+ Credit
Program available online until: July 27, 2017
A female nurse checking on a patient with prostate cancer

Course Learning Objectives

  • Describe the issues that can affect quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer.
  • Talk with patients and family/caregivers to identify and assist in the management of physical and psychological side effects or complications of prostate cancer treatment.
  • Identify opportunities for intervention to improve quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer.
  • Collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to support prostate cancer survivors and their family/caregivers.

Questions answered by our expert:
Michael Brundage, MSc., FRCPC, MD

  • It can be difficult for patients to talk about sensitive topics such as bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction. What approach to discussion helps foster open communication when assessing for these symptoms?
  • What approach do you recommend for involving the caregiver/family member in the prostate cancer survivorship care plan?
  • What is the main challenge to implementing holistic, patient-centred care in the prostate cancer survivorship plan? How can it be overcome?
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