The Scottish prostate cryotherapy service-the role of the clinical nurse specialist.

Birrell, F. and Leung, H. Y. (2019) The Scottish prostate cryotherapy service-the role of the clinical nurse specialist. British Journal of Nursing, 28(18), S12-S16. (doi:10.12968/bjon.2019.28.18.S12) (PMID:31597067)

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Abstract

This article outlines the role of the clinical nurse specialist in establishing a Scotland-wide national designated service for prostate cryotherapy for patients with radiation-recurrent prostate cancer. The service was established in 2009 and provides prostate cryotherapy across Scotland. This article reviews and discusses the challenges involved in setting up a new service for tertiary treatment as well as highlighting the key achievements of the service. The challenges have included introducing the cryotherapy procedure in a safe and quality assured manner, developing and refining the referral process, educating both primary and secondary care teams on salvage prostate cryotherapy as a treatment modality and surgical procedure, as well as managing of complications following salvage prostate cryotherapy. The article also outlines the achievements of both the service and the treatment as well as how the service has developed since 2009.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leung, Professor Hing
Authors: Birrell, F., and Leung, H. Y.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Nursing
Publisher:Mark Allen Group
ISSN:0966-0461
ISSN (Online):0966-0461

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