The National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions (NASPCC) strongly recommends that state advocacy groups familiarize organizational leadership with established best practices, and keep abreast of research and advances in prostate cancer care. Use this link for recommended resources for education.
Defining Best Practices
For details on the importance of this model in defining best practices, please visit Understanding Evidence-based Healthcare: A Foundation for Action on the US Cochrane Center website.
Many survivors recommend this "best practices" guide developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). The NCCN is the premier organization focused on supporting high quality evidence-based cancer care.
Access to quality care for men with prostate cancer is a major national issue. Some states have small collaborative networks for finding care for underserved men. California is the only state that has a successfully established a formal state program for providing follow-up care for men after screening - Improving Access, Counseling & Treatment For Californians With Prostate Cancer (IMPACT). The California Prostate Cancer Coalition supports this important and unique program.
The following expert statements on prostate health screening can be helpful when explaining screening tests available for men who are interested in screening to support prostate health.
The PSA Blood Test
The Digital Rectal Exam
All men diagnosed with prostate cancer should take the time to understand their risk and appropriate treatment options based on risk. This resource page developed by the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina can be used to help men navigate their cancer care experience.