signpost iconTreating prostate cancer

Bottom Line:

For many men with prostate cancer, no treatment will be necessary. Good care will mean keeping an eye on the cancer, ensuring that it does not develop into a fast-growing cancer. When treatment is necessary, the aim is to cure or control the disease so that it does not shorten life expectancy and it affects everyday life as little as possible. Sometimes, if the cancer has already spread, the aim is not to cure it but to prolong life and delay symptoms.

Publication details:

Detailed overview of the treatment options for prostate cancer.

We assessed this page using an appraisal instrument developed by Minervation specifically for this project. This approach is still in development, so you should regard the assessments as a general guide. Click here to find out more, or to let us know how you think the approach could be improved.

Reliability comments:

  • It is clear who has developed the website and what their objectives are.
  • The site reports a robust editorial policy that includes critical appraisal of sources.
  • Information is provided by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians.

Usability comments:

  • No login is needed to access the site.
  • The pages are busy and overloaded with information.
  • There are many competing navigational tools and the search engine is error-prone.


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
It is clear who has developed the website and what their objectives are.
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 3
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Is the page updated regularly? 3
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 3
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
No login is needed to access the site.
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
The site scores 93% for accessibility.
Is the site design clear and transparent? 2
The pages are busy and overloaded with information.
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
The site design is not consistent.
Can users find what they need on the site? 1
The site is sometimes difficult to navigate and the search engine is error prone.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 2
The collapsing subsections is a nice tool but somewhat overwhelming.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 43
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

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NHS Choices





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