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Successful prostate cancer event held in Hampton

Successful Information Event

Despite the bleak weather last Wednesday night, a good crowd turned out to hear four keynote speakers discuss Prostate Cancer and You.

As part of International Men’s Health Week, Bayside-Kingston Prostate Cancer Support Group organised this special information evening at the Hampton Senior Citizens’ Centre.

Generous sponsorship was provided by the Lions Club (Sandringham), Bendigo Community Bank (Dingley) and Hocking Stuart.  Attendees enjoyed delicious finger food (thanks to the caterers, Party Food Melbourne).  Coffee and tea were kindly supplied by members of the local Country Women’s Association.

The venue was provided by the Bayside City Council, and Brighton Bayside Life Activities Club supplied the sound system.

Keynote Speakers

The first speaker for the night was Dr Daniel Moon, urologist, who fielded many questions from audience members during his presentation.  Daniel covered such issues as PSA testing, the use of MRI-guided biopsies, decision making and the range of treatments currently in use.

Sarah Rudd, continence physiotherapist, spoke next.  She reviewed the male anatomy to explain its complexity and the importance of properly performed pelvic floor exercises, both before and after treatment.  Sarah made sure that we were all awake by getting us out of our seats to do the “nuts to guts” pelvic floor exercise.

After a short break, David Gray, urology nurse practitioner, spoke about his role in assisting men and their partners throughout the prostate cancer journey.  David also mentioned his work at the Australian Prostate Centre in North Melbourne, and the wide range of services that they have available for men (and women).

The final speaker was Kate Williams, accredited exercise physiologist.  Kate discussed the importance of physical activity, not only for general health, but especially in dealing with treatment side-effects such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle loss, depression and anxiety.  She talked about recent studies that have confirmed the importance of appropriate exercise.

Audience at Hampton Senior Citizens' Centre for Prostate Cancer and You Information Evening

Audience building up before the event – Prostate Cancer and You

Importance of Collaboration

All speakers were extremely generous with their time and expertise.  The broad range of questions from the audience reflected the need for collaboration and cross-referral between various arms of the medical fraternity and allied health.

Speakers David Gray and Kate Williams, with Alan White

Speakers David Gray and Kate Williams, with Alan White, at Hampton Senior Citizens’ Centre, Wednesday 13 June 2018

Showbags full of information were provided to all attendees.  These bags included booklets and brochures from:-

The speakers also provided information that was included in the bags.

Special Thanks

This event could not have succeeded without the considerable help from members of the Bayside-Kingston Prostate Cancer Support Group.  In particular, I would like to thank Tony Carr (who instigated the event), Vern Smith (and his wife, Barbara), Rocky Restaino (and his wife, Lucy).

My sincere thanks to all four of our wonderful guest speakers, without whom the evening would never have happened.

If you couldn’t attend this event and you’d like to receive some of the information that was included in the showbags, please contact me by email or by phone to 0407 617 800.

Is there sex after prostate cancer?

What about my sex life?

This is the most frequently asked question and the thought uppermost in men’s minds when they are first diagnosed with prostate cancer.

There is no straightforward answer, because it depends on the stage of the cancer and the treatment that the man decides to undertake (and of course, it depends on what your definition of ‘sex’ is).

So, let’s deal with men who opt for radical prostatectomy, that is surgical removal of the prostate gland.  Most men will experience sexual dysfunction after the operation.

Who do men and their partners go to see about this?

What if every cancer patient had a sexual recovery specialist?

“What if every cancer patient had a sexual recovery specialist?”  These are the words of my colleague, Victoria Cullen, who specialises in dealing with sexual dysfunction after any treatment for cancer, but with a special interest in prostate cancer.

Victoria Cullen - Sexual Recovery Specialist

After hearing Victoria speak at the Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference in 2017, urology surgeon Declan Murphy invited her to provide sexual recovery consultations to all his private prostatectomy patients.

Almost every man experiences a change in sexual functioning after prostate removal surgery. In particular, most men will not have erections for at least a year (usually longer, and sometimes permanently). The impact of this loss on quality of life and self-esteem can be devastating.

The aim of Victoria’s approach is to help patients recover as much function as possible and have a fulfilling sex life regardless.

This is the first time an Australian surgeon has prioritised this aspect of quality of life recovery within ‘usual care’.

Victoria is based at Cancer Specialists in Richmond.  I recommend checking out Victoria’s website.  She also has a blog post on the Cancer Specialists’ website which explains the work that she does and why she does it.

As well as checking it out for yourself, it might also be helpful to pass on to others who are interested in sexual recovery after prostate cancer treatment.

My book has arrived in time for Movember

After a long gestation, my book has arrived from the publisher, Busybird Publishing.

Busybird staff, Kev and Les, with author Alan White

Alan White, author, with Kev Howlett and Les Zigomanis of Busybird Publishing.

With Movember fast approaching (and, yes, I’ll be growing the mo), the book has arrived at the perfect time.  To watch my progress and make a donation to Movember, click here.  To grab your copy of the book, click here.

Although this is my story of the prostate cancer journey, I think you’ll find there is information that will be relevant to many men with a prostate cancer diagnosis.  Not to mention their partners.  My wife has contributed her experience and helpful suggestions to keep you both happy.

A big thank you to Blaise, Les and Kev at Busybird.  You are an awesome team and have been great to work with.

Alan White, author of We've Lost My Prostate Mate, holding a copy of his book at the publisher, Busybird

Author, Alan White, with his newly released book – We’ve Lost My Prostate Mate… and Life Goes On.

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