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Advanced Practice

Prostate Cancer: How Nurse Practitioners Can Aid in Disease Diagnosis and Management

Myriam Jean Cadet
Deborah “Hutch” Allen
Jacqueline Patterson-Johnson
CJON 2019, 23(3), 247-250 DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.247-250

Early diagnosis and management of prostate cancer is crucial to providing safe, high-quality care to patients. Understanding the complexities of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer can help nurse practitioners (NPs) make timely decisions to assess a patient’s complaints and consider differential diagnoses. Acting on diagnostics, NPs can guide patients through treatment strategies to ensure positive health outcomes.


  • Adequate knowledge and skills are required on the part of NPs to diagnose and care for patients with prostate cancer.
  • NPs must consider all potential differential diagnoses that have signs or symptoms in common with prostate cancer.
  • A plan of care for the patient with prostate cancer should be created through a shared decision-making process.

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