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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.

Attention all men (and women with men in their lives)

Reminder

FREE Information Evening
Prostate Cancer and You

Have you booked yet?  If not, get cracking!  Seats are strictly limited and refreshments will be available.

Wednesday, 13th June 2018 from 6:45pm at Hampton Senior Citizens’ Centre, 14 Service Street, Hampton.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT NOW – www.trybooking.com/VEEY

See you there!

Reminder about free information evening about prostate cancer in Hampton

Reminder – Free Information Night in Hampton, Victoria. Prostate Cancer and You. Wednesday 13 June 2018. Book now.

Information Evening – Prostate Cancer and You

FREE PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION EVENING

Over the past few months, a colleague (Tony) and I have been busy organising a free information evening about Prostate Cancer in our local area. There is always so much to learn about this topic – from diagnosis to treatment options, from support services to self-care and rehabilitation.

Prostate Cancer and You. Information Evening about Current Treatments and Support.

KEY SPEAKERS

Four key speakers will be presenting information to help men and their partners deal with Prostate Cancer. Those speakers are:-

Dr Daniel Moon, Urologist
Daniel will discuss current treatment options.

Sarah Rudd, Continence Physiotherapist
Sarah will discuss current approaches to incontinence.

Kate Williams, Exercise Physiologist
Kate will focus on tailored exercise programs for recovery and beyond.

David Gray, Urology Nurse
David will cover options for care during and after treatment.

EVENT DETAILS

As there will be refreshments available, and the venue has limited seating, bookings are essential.

The event will be held at the Hampton Senior Citizens’ Centre (see map below) on Wednesday, 13th June 2018.

Registration begins at 6:45 pm for a 7:00 pm start, and the evening is due to conclude at 9:30 pm.

Book now at www.trybooking.com/VEEY to secure your tickets.  Bookings close Wednesday 6th June 2018, so don’t delay.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES

Contact me on 0407 617 800 or Tony on 0405 834 804.

Or you can contact me via email to alan@theprostatezone.com.

SPONSORSHIP THANKS

This event is proudly presented by the Bayside-Kingston Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Kindly sponsored by:

Bendigo Bank Dingley Village Community Bank Branch LogoLions Club International Logo

 

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.