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AstraZeneca has launched a new app, called Prostate Assistant, which will help prostate cancer patients to monitor their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

Patients can input their PSA levels into the free app on their smartphone or tablet after a doctor has recorded them, and the app will create a graph, visually enabling patients to track their own levels. The app also allows patients to access a range of healthcare information prostate cancer, manage medical appointments and record notes.

”The new ‘Prostate Assistant’ mobile application is a valuable tool for men with prostate cancer who not only want to know more about their condition, but who also want to continuously update their records and communicate directly with their doctors. Innovative healthcare technology is important as it provides patients with a private and flexible way of communicating that can enhance their interactions with healthcare professionals.”

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Prostate Cancer UK

Information available from Prostate Cancer UK:

Document Description Link
Prostate cancer: a guide for newly diagnosed men A personal guide for men who have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It has space to record details of diagnosis, treatment options and key contacts. Link to document
A to Z of medical words Explains some of the medical words that you may read or hear when you are finding out about prostate problems and prostate cancer. Link to document
Active surveillance For men who would like to know more about an approach to prostate cancer treatment called active surveillance. Link to document
Bisphosphonates For men who would like to know more about bisphosphonates to relieve pain in prostate cancer that has spread to the bones. Link to document
Temporary brachytherapy For men who are thinking about having temporary brachytherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It describes how sources of radiation are temporarily inserted into the prostate gland to treat the cancer. Link to document
Permanent seed brachytherapy For men who are thinking about having permanent seed brachytherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It describes how prostate cancer is treated using radioactive seeds implanted in the prostate gland. Link to document
Chemotherapy For men who are thinking about having chemotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. It describes how chemotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer as well as the possible side effects. Link to document
A guide to prostate cancer clinical trials For men affected by prostate cancer who would like to know more about clinical trials. It describes the different types of trial and what taking part in one involves. Link to document
Cryotherapy For men who are thinking about having cryotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. Link to document
How prostate cancer is diagnosed Fact sheet for anyone who would like to know more about how prostate cancer is diagnosed. It describes the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer and explains what the results may show. Link to document
Degarelix (hormone drug) For men who are about to start, or are already taking, the hormone drug degarelix to control their prostate cancer. It explains how the drug is taken, why it is used and what side effects it may cause. Link to document
Diet, activity and your risk of prostate cancer For men who want to eat more healthily and possibly lower their risk of getting prostate cancer. It provides tips on healthy eating and physical activity. Link to document
Diet, physical activity and prostate cancer For men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and want to improve their health. It describes how a healthy diet and regular physical activity may help you manage the effects of prostate cancer and its treatment. Link to document
Enlarged prostate: A guide to diagnosis and treatment For men who want to know more about a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, called benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Link to document
External beam radiotherapy For men who are thinking about having radiotherapy to treat their prostate cancer. Link to document
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) For men who are thinking about having high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to treat their prostate cancer. Link to document
Hormone therapy For men who are about to start, or are already receiving, hormone therapy to control their prostate cancer. Link to document
Know your prostate: a guide to common prostate problems Learn about the prostate gland and what symptoms to look out for. Includes information on prostate cancer, enlarged prostate (BPH) and prostatitis. Link to document
Localised prostate cancer An overview of the different treatments available for localised prostate cancer and includes information on some of the tests you may have had. Link to document
Locally advanced prostate cancer An overview of the treatments for locally advanced prostate cancer and includes information on some of the tests you may have had. Link to document
Listen Up A collection of personal stories highlighting the journeys and challenges of African Caribbean men and women affected by prostate cancer. Link to document
Living with hormone therapy: a guide for men with prostate cancer For men who are having hormone therapy for prostate cancer, their partners and families. It describes the different types of hormone therapy, how they work and what the treatment involves. It includes information on the possible side effects men may experience and suggests ways to help manage these. Link to document
Living with and after prostate cancer: A guide to physical, emotional and practical issues For men living with prostate cancer, before during and after treatment. It is also for men who may be having their prostate cancer monitored, rather than having treatment. It contains information about the physical and emotional effects of living with prostate cancer and treatment, and looks at ways to manage them. It also provides information about practical issues such as work and money. Link to document
Metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) For men with advanced (metastatic) prostate cancer that has spread outside of the prostate gland to the bones. It tells you about a rare condition called metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) that can happen when cancer cells grow in or near to the spine and press on the spinal cord. Link to document
Managing pain in advanced prostate cancer For men with advanced prostate cancer who are having problems with pain. It describes the types and causes of pain that you might have, as well as possible ways of treating and controlling your pain. Link to document
Pelvic floor muscle exercises For men who would like information about pelvic floor muscle exercises. These exercises can help men deal urinary problems such as incontinence.This fact sheet is included with the urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment fact sheet, so you do not need to order both. Link to document
Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PIN) For men who want to know more about changes to the cells of the prostate gland, called Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (PIN). It describes the causes, diagnosis and treatment of PIN. Link to document
Prostatitis: A guide to infection or inflammation of the prostate For men who want to know more about prostatitis. The booklet describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of prostatitis. Link to document
Radiotherapy for advanced prostate cancer For men with advanced prostate cancer who would like to know more about treatment with radiotherapy to help relieve symptoms. This is called palliative radiotherapy. Palliative radiotherapy does not aim to get rid of your cancer but it can help to slow down its growth. Link to document
Recurrent prostate cancer: A guide to treatment and support For men who are worried that their prostate cancer might come back or who have prostate cancer that has recurred after having had one or more treatments. Link to document
Sex and prostate cancer For men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and also for their partners. It describes how prostate cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life and your fertility. Link to document
Prostate cancer and your sex life Read more about how prostate cancer and its treatment can impact on your sex life, how you feel about yourself and any relationships you have. It takes you through the sexual side effects you may experience and the treatment and support that is available. Link to document
Travel and prostate cancer For men with prostate cancer who are thinking about going on holiday or travelling abroad. It gives tips to help you prepare for your trip, including guidance on how to arrange travel insurance. Link to document
Surgery : radical prostatectomy For men who are thinking about having surgery to treat their prostate cancer. Link to document
Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) For men who are thinking about having an operation called a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland. You may hear this condition called benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Link to document
Second-line hormone therapy and further treatment options For men who would like to find out more about prostate cancer that is no longer responding to their original hormone therapy. It describes treatments that may help and lists other sources of support. Link to document
Understanding the PSA test: A guide for men concerned about prostate cancer For men who are considering having a PSA test or want to know more about PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen). Link to document
Urinary problems after prostate cancer treatment For men who are concerned about problems with controlling or passing urine. This fact sheet may also be useful for partners or family of men with prostate cancer who want to know more about urinary problems. Link to document
Watchful waiting Watchful waiting is a way of monitoring prostate cancer that is not causing any symptoms or problems. The aim is to monitor the cancer over the long term because prostate cancer is often slow growing and may not cause you any symptoms or problems in your lifetime. Link to document
What do you know about prostate cancer? Information for African Caribbean men For African Caribbean men, their partners and families. It gives information on the risk factors for prostate cancer and the symptoms to look out for. Link to document
A quality checklist: Your standards of care Standards setting out the prostate cancer care that you should expect to receive. Link to document

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Macmillan

Information available from Macmillan Cancer Support:

Document Description Link
Help with the cost of cancer A guide to benefits and financial help for people affected by cancer Benefit rates apply April 2012– April 2013 (England, Scotland and Wales). Link to document
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