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.
AT A GLANCE
- 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.