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Prostate Cancer: An Integrative Approach

$210 Physicians
$140 Healthcare Providers
$140 Public
$ 70 Students



Prostate Cancer (PC) is one of the leading causes of cancer mortality among men in the United States, second only to lung cancer. It accounted for over 27,540 deaths in the year 2015, with an incidence of over 220,800 cases.

The Integrative Approach to Prostate Cancer advances the most effective integrative strategies for the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, as well as for reducing the risk of recurrence. In addition to the best of conventional care, Integrative medicine considers the “whole person” when crafting an optimal treatment regimen that includes a focus on nutrition, lifestyle, physical fitness, stress management and dietary supplements.

Recent studies have shown that between 27 and 43 percent of American men with prostate cancer have used at least one form of complementary or integrative therapy. The problem is that patients don't often mention their use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to their physicians, which is compounded by reluctance of clinicians to speak to their patients about CAM therapies. This course is designed to bridge that gap.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for prostate cancer and support patients in reducing their modifiable risks.
  • Review the controversies and policy guidelines regarding prostate cancer screening to effectively counsel men about their options.
  • Describe the methods for diagnosing and staging prostate cancer.
  • Recognize the widespread use of complementary and alternative therapies by prostate cancer patients and incorporate respectful dialogue about their use into patient consultations.
  • Review the potential benefits and risks of alternative therapies in the prevention and/or treatment of prostate cancer to help patients make better healthcare choices.
  • Assess the evidence for benefit and risk for different prostate cancer treatment options to help patients make informed choices and improve outcomes.
  • Cite the evidence for safety and benefit for dietary supplements in the prevention and/or treatment of prostate cancer.
  • Discuss the prevalence of cancer treatment-related side effects and their effect on overall patient quality of life.
  • Discuss prevention strategies, including lifestyle modifications that can reduce the risk of long-term adverse effects from androgen deprivation therapy.
  • Assess the evidence for different treatment strategies for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, hot flashes and treatment-related bone loss to help patients make informed choices and improve outcomes.
  • Participants will be able to describe the importance of taking a proactive approach in incorporating management of side effects into the clinical encounter.
  • Participants will be able to describe the effect of clinician discussions of end-of-life care on quality of life.

Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work, course evaluation, and the final test with a score of 70% or better. Upon successful completion you will be able to print your certificate of completion.


Section I: Introduction

Section II: Prevention and Screening
Risk Factors and Screening - risk factors for the development of prostate cancer and relative merits of current prostate cancer screening techniques.
Prevention - specific, modifiable lifestyle choices that can impact a man's risk of developing prostate cancer.

Section III: Treatment
Treatment - integrative approaches during treatment.

Section IV: Survivorship
Survivorship - integrative approaches for post-treatment living.
End-of-Life Care - particular needs for end-of-life care.

Target Audience

Nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians, and physician assistants in any specialty. In addition, all health practitioners who have an interest in an integrative approach to healing are targeted.


You will have a maximum of 90 days access to the material from the start date. If you register for the course and pay with a credit card you will have immediate access to the course. Once your registration is complete, logout and log back in and your course will be listed on the campus page. If you cannot remember your account information, click the Forgot Password link on the login page and it will be emailed to you.


Disclosure & Education Credit Info

Faculty and Disclosures

CMEsolutions has resolved all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity through the following procedures:

  • All potential conflicts have been discussed with Nurse Planner and agree to the Conflict of Interest policy
  • All participants have signed a statement indicating they will present information fairly and without bias

Faculty & Authors

The following faculty have disclosed that they have no financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME/CE activity. They have stated that their presentations do not include discussion of commercial products or devices or unlabeled/investigational drug use.

Donald I. Abrams, MD, Director of Clinical Programs, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital

Santosh Rao, MD, Case University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

Nurse Planner: Priscilla D. Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC

Planning Committee

The planning committee members state that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services are discussed in this activity.

Hilary McClafferty MD, Interim Director of the Fellowship, Director Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson

Donald I. Abrams, MD, Director of Clinical Programs, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital

Priscilla D. Abercrombie, RN, NP, PhD, AHN-BC

Planner Disclosures

No member of CMEsolutions or Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine has any financial relationships to disclose relevant to this activity.

Off-label Use

Introduction to Integrative Oncology may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product.

Commercial Support

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Credit Detail


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of CMEsolutions and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.


CMEsolutions is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CMEsolutions designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Current Approval Period November 12, 2015 - November 12, 2017.


Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah Nurses Associations are members of the Western Multi-State Division.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 7.0 contact hours are provided. ID# 172-15.

Current Approval Period November 12, 2015 - November 12, 2017.

AzNA and ANCC Commission on Accreditation do not approve or endorse any commercial products displayed.

Policy on Privacy and Confidentiality Statement

CMEsolutions, the accredited provider, is required by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the ACCME (and occasionally by other accrediting organizations) to collect user information that will allow CMEsolutions to issue a CME/CE certificate. CMEsolutions is required to keep this information on file for up to 6 years. The information is stored in a secure database and used only to verify individual participation in a CME/CE activity and to reissue a certificate if a user's original certificate is lost or misplaced.

CMEsolutions is permitted to use copyrighted materials within this on-line enduring material.

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AzCIM will not release names, email addresses, or personal identifying information to third parties.

Course delivery

All courses are online, web-based format. Teaching strategies include interactive case scenarios, video, and quizzes. This course is estimated to take 7 hours to complete.

Participation Requirements

  1. Read all CE Information and disclosures
  2. Complete all modules in the course
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Pass the online knowledge exam with a score of 70%

Certificate: When all of the above requirements are met (during the agreed upon timeline), a link for the completion certificate is available to download and print anytime from "My Account." If a specific credit type was selected at registration, your certificate will indicate earned credits.


This course does not constitute medical advice. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment.

All case studies and patient scenarios in this course are used for illustrative purposes. All depictions of persons (other than faculty) are models and not actual patients.


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