Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance

Published online: 
30 September 2015


Every year 3000 men are found to have prostate cancer and 600 die from the disease. This publication will help primary care practitioners provide men and their family and whānau with consistent, culturally appropriate information on prostate cancer testing and treatment.

It includes an algorithm to help primary care practitioners have informed discussion with men who present with prostate-related concerns, and to support men to make informed decisions about prostate cancer testing. Explanatory notes provide more detailed information on each of the steps involved.

The guidance provides referral criteria including definitions of high suspicion of prostate cancer for the Faster Cancer Treatment Programme.

This guidance has been endorsed by the:

  • The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
  • The Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • The New Zealand Urological Nurses Society
  • The New Zealand Society of Pathologists.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    30 September 2015
  • ISBN:
    Online: 978-0-478-44832-0
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Prostate Cancer Working Group and Ministry of Health. 2015. Prostate Cancer Management and Referral Guidance. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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