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Bottom Line:

Chemotherapy is a treatment option when your prostate cancer is advanced and no longer responding to hormone therapy or has recurred. Chemotherapy uses drugs to damage the prostate cancer cells.

Publication details:

Very short description of chemotherapy for treating advanced 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:

  • The site does not report any quality assurance process for content.
  • Pages are reviewed by an individual doctor.

Usability comments:

  • The site provides good, readable information about the basics of prostate disease, tests and treaments.
  • The site is less helpful in finding detailed information that is specific to a particular stage of disease.


Item Score
Is it clear who has developed the web site and what their objectives are? 3
Does the site report a robust quality control procedure? 0
No content management procedure is reported.
Is the page content checked by an expert? 3
Is the page updated regularly? 3
Does the page cite relevant sources where appropriate? 0
This type of treatment summary needs to show the evidence it is based on and provide onward links to more information.
Item Score
Is the site accessible without a login? 3
Does the site conform to web Accessibility standards? 3
LIDA score 93%. Keyword metadata is lacking.
Is the site design clear and transparent? 3
Is the site design consistent from one page to another? 2
There are some inconsistencies in the information architecture, in terms of the detail provided. For example, side effects are given for some but not all treatment options.
Can users find what they need on the site? 2
Search engine did not perform well in a complex search. It is hard to find information that is specific to a particular stage or grade of prostate cancer.
Is the format of information clear and appropriate for the audience? 1
Not enough detail is provided.
Weighted total (Usability + (Reliability x 2)): 32
We score each question out of three where:
0 = Never or Can't tell
1 = Sometimes or partly
2 = Mostly
3 = Always

Date rated


Prostate Action





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Web page


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