Medacs Healthcare

NOV 20/2012

Healthcare professionals to benefit from new prostate cancer resource

A new educational resource has been launched to provide healthcare professionals with information on prostate cancer.

Designed to assist those in GP jobs, as well as disciplines such as oncology and urology, the Prostate Cancer Knowledge Centre - accessible via the EPG Online website - is an interactive resource providing the latest information on the disease.

Medics can obtain details on hormone-sensitive and castrate-resistant prostate cancer, screening and detection methods, and the latest guidance on treating different forms of the disease.

The resource also provides drug data in a number of languages, the results of clinical trials, journal articles and other reliable content.

With scientists' understanding of prostate cancer and the best ways to treat the disease changing all the time, it is vital that doctors keep abreast of the latest information.

The new resource, sponsored by Astellas Pharma Europe, could supplement the knowledge that they gain via official continuing professional development (CPD) training and ensure they know everything they need to know about prostate cancer.

"Remaining up-to-date with current disease processes and treatments is a crucial requirement and challenge for doctors," said Chris Cooper, managing director of digital publisher EPG Health Media.

"We have been pleased to work with Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd to make this valuable resource freely available to users of EPG Online."

The new interactive resource is likely to prove useful for many doctors, given the prevalence of prostate cancer in the UK.

It is currently the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK, accounting for 13 per cent of all new cases of the disease, but is the most common form of cancer among men, making up a quarter of all male cancers.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that 40,841 men were diagnosed with the disease in 2009, while 10,721 men died from prostate cancer in 2010.

The disease therefore represents a major cause of morbidity, making it vital that doctors know the latest evidence on the disease and its treatment.

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