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Prostate Cancer: A Chronic Illness

Susan Doyle-Lindrud
CJON 2007, 11(6), 857-861 DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.857-861

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy and the second-leading cause of cancer death in men. The 10-year survival rate for all stages of prostate cancer is 93%. Men with prostate cancer live with the disease for many years, and the side effects of the disease and treatments have physical and psychosocial implications for the patient, spouse, and family. This case study explores the evolution of a patient with prostate cancer, from time of diagnosis through treatment decision making and ultimately end of life. Discussion of the implications for practice and research is included.

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