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NCCP Rapid Access Prostate Cancer Service achieves 40 per cent rate

By November 15, 2016 No Comments

Over 3,400 men are currently diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Ireland, with over 2,559 men seen in the National Cancer Control Programme Rapid Access clinics in 2015, 1,020 of which were diagnosed with prostate cancer. The fifth National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Prostate Cancer Quality and Audit Forum took place last Friday, and brought together leading prostate cancer experts who reviewed the practices of the Rapid Access Prostate Clinics at each of eight designated cancer centres around the country. The guest speaker at the event was Dr Andrew Vickers, a world renowned expert on PSA and the early detection of prostate cancer, who spoke about the Memorial Sloan Kettering guidelines on early prostate cancer detection. Event NCCP Director Dr. Jerome Coffey highlighted the fact that “diagnosis rate for prostate cancer is 4.6 illustrating that GPs are referring patients into the system, which aims to provide diagnosis within a three to four week timeframe and ensure that a patient diagnosed with prostate cancer receives all the options and information on the best approach to be taken”. He confirmed that urological cancers were a priority area for the NCCP in 2017.

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