Prostate Assessment Pathway - Resources for Providers
Based on input from primary care providers, urologists and others, the Pathway will help improve prostate care in Saskatchewan. Primary care providers can now order diagnostic assessment of prostate for lower-risk patients, without urologist consultation. Submit referrals directly to a Prostate Assessment Centre in Regina or Saskatoon, using the referral forms below.
Patients referred to a Prostate Assessment Centre will see a prostate nurse navigator for education before a biopsy (and after, if pathology is positive for early-stage prostate cancer). With the primary care provider's permission (on a case-by-case basis), nurse navigators can convey biopsy results to patients. Nurse navigators are experienced urology nurses with specialized training and up-to-date information about prostate cancer treatment. They work in consultation with urologists.
Prostate Assessment Pathway (PDF)
Quick facts for primary care providers.
Achieving rapid assessment of patients who may have prostate cancer
Prostate Assessment Pathway Chair Dr. Kishore Visvanathan explains the pathway, and how best to proceed with diagnosis.
Screening for Prostate Cancer
PSA Screening – Information for Care Providers (5-page PDF)
PSA Toolkit: PSA Screening and Testing (34-page PDF)
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer expert panel report published in 2009: expansion of PSA testing may produce net harm.
Ordering a Biopsy
For urologist-approved guidelines to help you recommend the best care pathway for your patient, see Prostate Biopsy Decision Factors.
Resources for patients
Prostate Resources for Patients
Find printable hand-outs as well as extensive on-line multimedia resources to help your patients understand prostate cancer and available treatments.
We want your feedback!
Your feedback will help the Prostate Assessment Pathway adapt and improve over the coming year. Please forward your comments to Christa.Bergquist@health.gov.sk.ca.
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