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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

 

Decision making and uncertainty

When men get a prostate cancer diagnosis, the next discussion is usually about treatment. The stage of the cancer will determine the type of treatments on offer.  Generally, with a diagnosis of low-risk, low-grade prostate cancer, men will often have several options available to choose from.

Depending on a range of criteria, men can consider active surveillance, surgery, or radiotherapy.  There is also the NanoKnife®, which is currently available in Sydney and Queensland.

Active surveillance delays dealing with the two major side-effects of surgery and, to a lesser extent, radiotherapy – incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

Whatever treatment men are looking at, all bring uncertainty.  Common concerns include:-

  • Am I making the right decision?
  • Will the side-effects be worse than expected or not as bad?
  • What is really the best treatment option for me?
  • Will there be other effects from the treatment that I don’t know about?
  • I’ve heard stories about other men – will those things also happen to me?

To work through this maze of questions and worries, it can be helpful to visit a Prostate Cancer Support Group to hear other men’s experiences.  Just remember, every man will respond differently to even the same treatment.  There is no one size fits all treatment. Obtain a second opinion to guide you towards what is best for you, not others.

Even with all the information gathered, there can still be that internal nagging voice – “I’m still not sure”.

Part of the problem is that men, in general, are fixers.  We have a problem and generally we know how or what to do to fix it, but prostate cancer is a whole different kettle of fish. At the low risk stage, men are presented with options, and fixing the problem is not at all straightforward.  There are so many shades of grey.

For many men, they would love to hear “this is the treatment for you, these are the side-effects, and it will work”.  End of story.  Unfortunately, there might still be some level of doubt.  If you can step back for a moment and look at other events in your life where there has been some uncertainty around decision making.  Consider what you did then with the uncertainty, and what you learned that might help you now.

There is no simple answer when dealing with the uncertainty of decision making, and the consequences of that decision, relating to prostate cancer.

If you are stuck in this stage of uncertainty, seek out relevant information, talk to support groups or individuals who might have been in a similar situation.  As uncomfortable as the uncertainty is, be prepared to sit with it, with the anxiety of these uncharted waters.  Talk to your family, or close friends.  The Cancer Council has a help line (13 11 20) where you can talk one-on-one to work through your concerns.

Consider counselling to guide and support you during this transition period, to determine what is the best option for you and that you can you live with the decision that you make.

You don’t have to do this alone, seeking and asking for help shows strength, not weakness.

Lastly, consider visiting the Navigate website, an on-line decision aid for men diagnosed with low-risk, low-grade prostate cancer.  Navigate is a project being run by the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, and I am the consumer advocate on the project.

Once you are registered on Navigate, you will be selected for further involvement which will go some way to assisting you to make your decision, and hopefully reduce some of the uncertainty that is churning inside you.

A day at the yacht club

Last Saturday, we had perfect weather to promote men’s health at the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron in beautiful bayside Melbourne.

Tim Wilson, Federal MP for Goldstein, turned up to show his support and pick up his free men’s health information pack.

Tim Wilson, Federal MP, and Alan White at Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron

Grateful thanks to Andrology Australia, Foundation 49, PCFA and DVA for supplying the valuable literature in each man’s showbag.  If you missed out on a bag, you can drop in to Shine Health Wellbeing Centre, 35 Bluff Road, Black Rock to grab your copy.

Thanks to Ross Popplewell, Commodore of the BMYS, who instigated the Big Aussie BBQ at the Squadron.  Thanks also to Vern, Tony and Paul from Bayside Kingston Prostate Cancer Support Group for turning up and handing out the showbags.

I’m already looking forward to next year’s event at the Squadron.

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International Men’s Health Week 2016

Machine Man - AMSA - Spanner in the Works

When was your last service?

Did you know that this coming week (13th June to 19th June) is International Men’s Health Week?

Did you know that there’s even an organisation that runs the whole shebang in Australia?  Yep, it’s called Men’s Health Week – catchy, eh?  And how do you like Machine Man below?  He comes to you courtesy of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and features on their Men’s Health Tool Box booklet.  Pretty cool.

Australian Men's Shed Association Machine Man

 

Your body is like a car – both require regular maintenance.

So, what better time to ask yourself:-

  • How am I travelling, physically, mentally and emotionally?
  • Is it time for my annual service with my GP?
  • Do I even have a regular GP?
  • When did I last have my chassis checked?  What about my shock absorbers or my oil pressure?  And don’t let me forget my fuel injector!

Who can you talk to about men’s health issues?

As you may know, I work at a multi-modality health centre in Black Rock, Victoria – Shine Health Wellbeing Centre.  I provide counselling, nutritional advice, massage, Reiki, and craniosacral release.  My special interest is men’s health and wellbeing.

For Men’s Health Week at Shine Health, we are giving away free men’s health information packs from this coming Tuesday (14th June 2016).

The first 20 packs will include a $20 voucher for men to use at the Centre.

The pack will also contain a health appraisal questionnaire that you can fill in to give you some idea of how you’re travelling.  Once you’ve collected your info pack and completed your self-assessment, make an appointment to see me (Alan) or Marta, our Naturopath, to discuss the results.

So, if you’re able to come in to the centre, grab your free info pack and get your engine in top gear.  Or give us a call on 03 9589 4549 to make an appointment.

Shine Health Wellbeing Centre is located at 35 Bluff Road, Black Rock (across the road from Cafeteria, where you can get the best coffee ever).