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Course # 63882 • Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is a potentially debilitating illness that affects work, interpersonal relationships, and overall quality of life. Evidence has shown that if caught early, it can be treated effectively. Therefore, treating prostate cancer, whether by standard therapy or emerging treatments, can be beneficial to both healthcare professionals and their patients. This course will cover the epidemiology, diagnosis, screening, and pathophysiology of prostate cancer. It will also review the risks and benefits associated with screening. It discusses the potential role of diet in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Different treatment regimens for prostate cancer, including surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, androgen deprivation therapy, and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, will be outlined.

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Education Category: Men's Health

Release Date: 11/01/2016

Expiration Date: 10/31/2019


This intermediate course is designed for all certified psychologists involved in the care of clients with prostate cancer.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 5 credit(s).

Course Objective

Although prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men, it has a relatively good prognosis when diagnosed and treated early. The purpose of this course is to educate psychologists about the epidemiology, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer to ensure that clients receive the best possible care and are participants in their healthcare decisions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Review the epidemiology and demographics of prostate cancer.
  2. Discuss what is known about the pathophysiology of prostate cancer.
  3. Discuss the associated symptoms and diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  4. State the current recommendations regarding prostate cancer screening.
  5. Describe the potential role of diet in reducing prostate cancer risk.
  6. Discuss the role of surgery and radiotherapy as treatments for prostate cancer.
  7. Describe the role of androgen deprivation therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.
  8. Discuss the role of chemotherapy as a treatment for prostate cancer.
  9. Analyze the research and use of 5-alpha reductase inhibitors as a treatment for prostate cancer.
  10. Recommend interventions for men who have experienced erectile dysfunction or depression as a result of prostate cancer, including considerations for non-English-proficient patients.


John J. Whyte, MD, MPH, is currently the Director of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Previously, Dr. Whyte served as the Chief Medical Expert and Vice President, Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel, part of the media conglomerate Discovery Communications. In this role, Dr. Whyte developed, designed, and delivered educational programming that appeals to both a medical and lay audience.

Prior to this, Dr. Whyte was in the Immediate Office of the Director at the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality. He served as Medical Advisor/Director of the Council on Private Sector Initiatives to Improve the Safety, Security, and Quality of Healthcare. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Whyte was the Acting Director, Division of Medical Items and Devices in the Coverage and Analysis Group in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In his role at CMS, Dr.Whyte made recommendations as to whether or not the Medicare program should pay for certain procedures, equipment, or services. His division was responsible for durable medical equipment, orthotics/prosthetics, drugs/biologics/therapeutics, medical items, laboratory tests, and non-implantable devices. As Division Director as well as Medical Officer/Senior Advisor, Dr. Whyte was responsible for more national coverage decisions than any other CMS staff.

Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to arriving in Washington, Dr. Whyte was a health services research fellow at Stanford and attending physician in the Department of Medicine. He has written extensively in the medical and lay press on health policy issues.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, John J. Whyte, MD, MPH, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

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