The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on new Government commitment to prostate cancer

The Prostate Cancer Charity comments on a new announcement from the Department of Health that prostate cancer will be included in the next round of National Clinical Audits, which for the first time will mean that prostate cancer services, the experiences of men with prostate cancer and the outcomes of different treatments for the disease will be audited in England and Wales on a large scale, monitored and made available to the public.

Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity, explains: "It is extremely pleasing to see that the Charity's call for prostate cancer to be included in the next round of clinical audits has been heeded. This decision stands as a testament to the need for better information about the quality of prostate cancer services and care provided in England and Wales.  We are encouraged that the Government has shown a firm commitment to making this happen.

"Currently, we still do not know the best way to treat the majority of men diagnosed with early forms of the disease. As well as giving clinicians the opportunity to learn more from one another and compare their performance, this clinical audit will allow us to better understand the long-term outcomes of the different treatments available for the disease.  This will help clinicians and men make informed decisions about the best treatment options for them, and will lead to vital improvements in the quality of care men with prostate cancer receive.

"We know from the success of previous audits for other common cancers, that improvements in the quality of services and care for men with prostate cancer should not be far behind. The audit must get underway as swiftly as possible and we urge the Government to quickly confirm when it will begin so that better quality care can be rapidly delivered to men affected by the disease. We look forward to actively supporting the implementation of this audit over the next three years."