World Journal of Urology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 151–153 | Cite as

Prostate cancer survivorship: a new path for uro-oncology

  • S. S. Goonewardene
  • V. Nanton
  • A. Young
  • R. Persad
  • A. Makar
Letter to the Editor


Over 2 million people in England have a diagnosis of cancer [1]. Of this figure, over 250,000 have been diagnosed with prostate cancer [2]. However, during the next decade, a rapid increase in the number of new cancer diagnoses as well as a growing number of cancer survivors is predicted [3]. This increase in cancer prevalence results from improved earlier detection and improved treatment an attendant decrease in cancer-related mortality. Yet few studies or guidelines address the broader, multifaceted aspects of cancer survivorship including self-responsibility and patient empowerment, where appropriate.

Survivorship is defined by Macmillan Cancer Support, a leading UK cancer care and support charity, as someone who has completed initial cancer management with no evidence of apparent disease. Prostate cancer survivors require further investigation as there are concerns that current follow-up methods are unsuitable [4] due to an increase in the number of survivors. This...


Prostate Cancer Cancer Survivorship Sexual Dysfunction Survivorship Care Secondary Care 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Goonewardene
    • 1
  • V. Nanton
    • 2
  • A. Young
    • 2
  • R. Persad
    • 3
  • A. Makar
    • 4
  1. 1.Guys HospitalKings College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Warwick UniversityCoventryUK
  3. 3.North Bristol NHS TrustBristolUK
  4. 4.Worcestershire Acute HospitalsWorcesterUK

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