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More support for patients with prostate cancer

August 14th 2014

 

Bennelong MP, John Alexander, says a dedicated prostate cancer nurse will soon be available at Macquarie University Hospital.

“The Federal Government is funding 14 specialist prostate cancer nurses, nationwide, to provide support for patients, their families and carers,” Mr Alexander said.

“We’re fortunate to benefit from this program at Macquarie University Hospital.”

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting Australian men, with close to 20,000 diagnoses in 2010.

“The good news is that prostate cancer has a high survival rate – and by basing specialist nurses in areas of most need, where there are links to cancer treatment services, these nurses will enable a greater coordination of care for men diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Mr Alexander said.

“Prostate cancer nurses are specially trained registered nurses who provide information, care and support to men with prostate cancer and their families and carers, within a multidisciplinary health care team.

“They are a crucial central point of contact for patients, their families and carers, by coordinating access to care and services like physiotherapy and counselling,” Mr Alexander said.

“The five year relative survival rate of 92 per cent for prostate cancer means there is a large group of men who have been diagnosed and treated, who are now either living with prostate cancer or have survived treatment and its side effects,” said Mr Alexander.

“This is a very welcome addition to the medical services of Bennelong.  The nurse at MUH will provide vital information, care, and practical and emotional support to men diagnosed with prostate cancer, their families and carers,” Mr Alexander concluded.

 

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