“The best part of my job is the patients, they are so resilient, so amazing. Having the opportunity to support these men and their families is such an honour.
I would like to thank all of those people who choose to go Dry in July."
Sign up to Dry July 2022 and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
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We are Australia’s Number 1 charity for men and families impacted by prostate cancer.
When you support PCFA, your money goes to community-based Specialist Nurses and Australia’s only nationwide Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service.
With thanks to community donations, we provide support and care that no other organisation offers:
• We are there to answer the call when prostate cancer strikes.
• We are there to support men undergoing surgery and treatment.
• We are there to answer questions in the days and weeks after diagnosis.
• We are there to help families understand what the man is going through.
• We are here to help you and your loved ones survive and thrive as much as possible after prostate cancer.
Why go Dry this July for us?
The number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia is increasing at a faster rate than any other male cancer.
When you go Dry this July for PCFA, you’ll be supporting our hospital-based Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses and life-changing Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service.
Your donations are life-changing
$25 can give a newly diagnosed man a tailored information pack to help explain the road ahead.
$50 can cover the cost of screening a newly diagnosed patient for depression and anxiety, ensuring he is referred for mental health support.
$100 can cover the cost of follow-up care and support, so that men and families have consistent care, throughout their treatment.
$250 can help to cover the cost of a community awareness presentation, so that we can educate Australian men about genetic and family risks.
$500 can cover the costs of training a new nurse on the harsh side-effects of treatment, so that we can help men through their toughest challenges.
Meet Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, Elizabeth!
Meet Rick. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at just 47 and had a radical prostatectomy last year.
“I’m one of the lucky ones,” he says, “I had a proactive GP who started testing me at 40.
“When my PSA started rising, I didn’t hesitate in seeing a urologist - an MRI and biopsy found a Gleason Grade 6 prostate cancer.
“My specialist at the time recommended Active Surveillance with yearly biopsies and PSA monitoring, and earlier this year my PSA hit the high sixes and they found a nodule, suggesting it was growing.
“I went in for surgery 10 days later I got the phone call I was hoping for – they got all of it, with no trace of the cancer in surrounding tissue or lymph nodes.
“Sharing that news with my wife Linda and sons Mitchel and Alexander was a great moment after three years of worrying. Their love and strength carried me through and every day I battled it was for them.
“My message for other men out there is that we only get one shot at life, and we don’t want this disease to take us, so get checked.
“And if you need support, you’ve got it – from me and other men who are in this fight with us.”
Rick signed up for Dry July last year to help encourage more men to learn about their prostate cancer risks and get tested.
The Perth father-of-three was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 44 and underwent a robotic prostatectomy.
“I had no symptoms, but prostate cancer runs in my family, my dad and uncle were both diagnosed. My mum asked me to get my prostate levels checked, and after quite a bit of nagging, I went to my GP and got the test. We decided to just keep an eye on it. It was a horrible time for us, it was the worst feeling … not knowing. I had a tumour inside my body, could I potentially die? There were many sleepless nights and worry. About five months later my PSA readings went through the roof – from a 3 to a 7, which is what you might find in a 70-year-old, as levels increase with age. For men my age, the average PSA is usually between 0 and 2.5.
“I wish I’d reached out more for support at the time. We were very private about it all and didn’t really tell anyone other than my parents and my wife’s mum. Looking back, it would have been better to have shared it with close friends and family, because I bottled up a lot of my feelings. We did tell our kids, who were eight, 12, and 14 at the time. They knew it was cancer, but we said we weren’t too worried about it as we were getting good medical advice. We tried to keep it as open and honest as we could, we didn’t want to worry them.
“At point of diagnosis the biopsy found the tumour was very small, at just .003cm, but when I went in for surgery they found another massive tumour, somewhere between 1-3cm. My surgeon said I had dodged a bullet – it was still contained within my prostate and hadn’t spread.
“Three years on, I have ongoing medication to treat some nerve damage, but it’s something I manage. We had a lot of support through PCFA, and Hollywood Hospital in Perth. I feel pretty lucky, things could have gone the other way. I could have decided not to do the surgery, or not to get my PSA level tested for a few more years. I thank my mum for nagging me. For any man who is hesitating to see a doctor, my message is simple: It could save your life. It’s just a blood test, so please get tested.”
Your impact has doubled — thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who generously donated to PCFA over the past two days to double our impact. Because of you, we received $25,000 in matched funding from our friends at Tyrepower! While matched-giving has finished, we still need your help — every dollar raised throughout the rest of the month will help men impacted by prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is now the leading cause of cancer in Australia. Together, we can raise funds and awareness to help save more lives and ensure those diagnosed have access to vital support through our Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses
“They say there are a few defining moments that change your life forever – getting a call from my dad telling me he had prostate cancer was one of them.”
Madeline’s dad, Steven, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2020, at age 53.
“I remember feeling numb when I got the call from my dad,” she says. “I never expected this to happen to my father and especially at 53 years old. It makes me wonder how many other fathers, husbands, brothers and men in our lives are walking around with this disease, just like my dad was. It scares me to think it crept up on my family as it did, and it could happen to anyone. My dad wasn’t diagnosed until it had already spread – but hopefully other men can catch it earlier."
While her Dad is doing well at the moment, she knows it could be a long road ahead for their family. The past two years has been really hard – with most of the family separated by COVID. Madeline is in Barcaldine, while her dad lives in Melbourne.
“You never think cancer is going to happen to you, or someone you love, until one day it does. I knew I had to take action against a disease that silently creeps up on the men we love. I feel like if one girl in an outback town can get involved, then anyone can. This year, I’ll be doing Dry July for my Dad.”
Madeline knows the funds we raise will go to supporting families just like hers.