Course Content
1. Introduction to Prostate Cancer
o Understanding the prostate gland o Overview of prostate cancer o Risk factors and epidemiology
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2. Signs and Symptoms
o Common signs and symptoms o When to seek medical attention o Diagnostic tests and screening guidelines
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3. Diagnosis and Staging
o Biopsy procedures and interpretation o Staging techniques (TNM system) o Imaging modalities for staging
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6. Nutrition and Lifestyle Considerations
o Diet and nutrition recommendations o Exercise and physical activity guidelines o Stress management techniques
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Understanding Prostate Cancer: Online Course for Patients & Caregivers
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Introduction to the Prostate Gland:

The prostate gland is a small, walnut-sized gland located below the bladder and in front of the rectum in males. Its primary function is to produce seminal fluid, which nourishes and transports sperm during ejaculation.

Anatomy of the Prostate:

The prostate gland is divided into several anatomical zones, including the peripheral zone, central zone, transitional zone, and anterior fibromuscular stroma. Each zone plays a role in prostate health and function.

Physiology of the Prostate:

The prostate gland is under the influence of male hormones, particularly testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These hormones regulate the growth and function of the prostate gland.

Common Prostate Conditions:

  1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH):

    • Enlargement of the prostate gland, often causing urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, urgency, and difficulty starting or maintaining a urine stream.
    • Online Resource: American Urological Association – BPH
  2. Prostatitis:

  3. Prostate Cancer:

    • The most common cancer in men, characterized by the abnormal growth of cells in the prostate gland. Early detection and treatment are crucial for favorable outcomes.
    • Online Resource: American Cancer Society – Prostate Cancer

Online Resources for Further Learning:

  • Online Workbook PDFs Links:

    • Provide interactive workbooks with exercises and activities to reinforce understanding. Example Workbook PDF
  • Interactive Quizzes and Assessments:

    • Engage in quizzes and assessments to test your knowledge and track progress. Example Quiz
  • Video Lectures:

  • Printable Charts:

  • List of Recommended Apps and Digital Tools:

    • Explore apps and digital tools for tracking symptoms, medication reminders, and accessing educational resources. Example Prostate Health App
  • Supplementary Reading Materials and Resources:

End of Topic Quiz:

  1. What is the primary function of the prostate gland?

    • A) Producing sperm
    • B) Producing testosterone
    • C) Producing seminal fluid
    • D) Filtering urine

    Answer: C) Producing seminal fluid

  2. Which hormone regulates the growth and function of the prostate gland?

    • A) Estrogen
    • B) Testosterone
    • C) Insulin
    • D) Thyroxine

    Answer: B) Testosterone

Takeaway Assignment:

Research and create a brief presentation on one common prostate condition other than prostate cancer, discussing its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options. Be prepared to share your findings with the class in the next session.

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