Early detection and health care of prostate cancer patients
The Division of Epidemiology and Biometry cooperates with the University Hospital for Urology on a project concerning the care and epidemiology of prostate cancer. This project deals with different topics regarding prostate cancer such as a bi-national small-scale comparison between the Netherlands and Germany and early detection based on the PSA-test.
Country-specific recommendations on PSA-screening are likely to have an impact on different trends such as increasing prostate cancer incidence. This may also be the case for Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, within-country variability of PSA-testing exists, which is rather driven by individual practice patterns of general practicioners than by national guidelines.
This work is conceived as a multi-stage pre-study for an international project and can be divided in three parts: i) assessment of political impact on regional prostate cancer distribution in Lower Saxony and the province of Groningen; ii) pilot survey to evaluate the health care situation of prostate cancer patients; iii) analysis of regional health care network for prostate cancer patients.