We’re very pleased to be one of 14 hospitals chosen to receive funding for a specialist prostate cancer nurse.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) announced locations for an additional 14 prostate cancer specialist nurses across Australia as part of PCFA’s Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service.
There are 29 existing specialist nurses working in hospitals in Australia and the new ones bring the total to 43.
These are nurses with expertise in prostate cancer care, gained through experience and additional training. They coordinate a patient’s care from screening and diagnosis through to treatment and wellness. They are part of a multidisciplinary team that can include urologists, medical and radiation oncologists, endocrinologists, continence nurses and physiotherapists, sex therapists and psych-oncologists.
Prostate cancer specialist nurses provide ongoing support and information during treatment, access to services and support groups and help coordinate a patient’s care.
Prostate is the cancer is the number one cancer affecting Australian men and Cancer Australia estimates that 16,665 men will be diagnosed with it in 2017. This large group will be able to benefit from the ongoing care and support these specialist nurses provide.
The Federal Government allocated $5.9 million over three years to expand this specialist service.