Over the past two decades there have been significant advances in prostate cancer treatment, which have translated to improved survival rates over the past ten years. Treatment options range from watchful waiting without therapy, to radical prostatectomy, which involves surgical removal of the prostate, seminal vesicles, and surrounding lymph nodes and tissues. Other treatment options include radiation therapy, which can be administered by external beam, or by implanting radioactive “seeds” into the diseased prostate. Chemotherapy may also be administered, and can include combinations of standard chemotherapy drugs, or anti-hormonal agents, which have fewer side effects. The individual treatment plan is best formulated after having an informed discussion between the patient and a multi-disciplinary team comprised of a urologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist. The patient’s primary care provider usually coordinates this. 

Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan

The Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control (CNCCC) Project assists in the development of networks and collaboration that produce an infrastructure for a comprehensive approach to cancer within the Cherokee Nation. Since 2003, coalition members and partners have come together to discuss the burden of cancer in Cherokee Nation. Coalition members and partners include local, regional, state and national representatives committed to identifying areas of cancer concern, planning interventions, prioritizing greatest areas of identified need, and then implementing identified strategies and/or providing needed resources. This is the second edition of the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan and will serve, like the first, as an information resource for health care professionals and community members, as well as a tool for the Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and its respective entities. The coalition is committed to the process of enhancing infrastructure for comprehensive cancer control in the Cherokee Nation with the ultimate goal of reducing morbidity and mortality among the Cherokee community.