Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

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Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia.

PCFA are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families, recognising the diversity of the Australian community. PCFA does this by:
• Promoting and funding world leading, innovative research into prostate cancer
• Implementing awareness and advocacy campaigns and education programs for the Australian Community, health professionals and Government
• Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses.

Quick Facts
• Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.
• Approximately 20,000 Australian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
• Over 200,000 Australian men are living after a diagnosis with prostate cancer.
• Approximately 3,500 Australian men die of prostate cancer each year.
• The estimated risk of a man being diagnosed with prostate cancer by his 85th birthday is 1 in 7

What you need to know about prostate cancer
An introductory information resource is available at:
http://www.prostate.org.au/awareness/general-information/what-you-need-to-know-about-prostate-cancer/

How your donations can make a difference
• $50 funds an initial phone consultation with a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse which will provide a newly diagnosed man with support and information
• $1000 provides long-term support and coordination of care by a specialist Prostate Cancer Nurse for one patient including side-effect management
• $140,000 to equip, place, train and support a full-time Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse for a year
All proceeds from Dry July 2019 will benefit the PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing program.

Latest Updates

PCFA receives additional grant from Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round.

This grant will enable further funding for the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse (PCSN) program.

To date, with this additional grant, the Dry July Foundation has funded 3.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) PCSN's for 3 years across the country.

A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse is appointed in Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmanians impacted by prostate cancer now have increased access to a dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist thanks to funds raised by Dry July Participants.

Jennifer Siemsen is a dedicated prostate cancer specialist nurse at Launceston General Hospital. Her position will expand the availability of the services to help more men and their families. This position will provide care and support across the North and North West of Tasmania. 

Jennifer said she was pleased with this service increase to allow better coverage of the local demand for care: “I am delighted to be taking on this role to support and empower prostate cancer patients and their families in understanding and managing the often-difficult decisions, concerns and anxieties around the impact of a cancer diagnosis and all that follows,” she said. 

“The role provides a single point of contact for these men and their families to access reliable, timely information and supportive services in their cancer journey. The hope is to enable men living in our community to live as well as possible post their prostate cancer diagnosis.”

Ms Siemsen said that it was important for people to know about the role and the value it would bring to men and their families.

“My aim over the next three years is also to raise awareness of Prostate cancer through community engagement and education.”

ABOUT PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION OF AUSTRALIA 

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) is the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. We are dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men and the people who care about them.

We do this by:

• Promoting and funding world leading, innovative research into prostate cancer

• Implementing awareness and advocacy campaigns and education programs for the Australian community, health professionals and Government

• Supporting men and their families affected by prostate cancer through evidence-based information and resources, support groups and Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia relies on the generosity of individuals, the community and partnerships to carry out our essential work.

For further information about Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, please visit www.pcfa.org.au or call 1800 22 00 99.


Director of Nursing, Sally Sara, talks about the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse program

Sally Sara knows first-hand the difference that a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can make in the life of men and their families having established the role in Southern Adelaide in 2014. In 2018 Sally took on the role of Director Nursing Programs, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, which made her responsible for oversight and development of the service nationally. Sally is passionate that more men and their families have access to this life-changing support as they face prostate cancer. Although her new role does not directly involve clinical work, Sally continues to be personally inspired and driven by the stories of the families that she encountered and supported in her role in Adelaide.  

Sally said, “It was my absolute privilege to be a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse – across a career spanning 30 years it was by far the most rewarding role I had undertaken. However, I am excited by the potential these Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing roles hold for the future and am delighted to now be responsible for overseeing and further developing the service nationally.”

"Our nurses are there when a man receives the news that they have been diagnosed with prostate cancer – which can be one of the most difficult times in their lives. It’s a very challenging time also because prostate cancer often comes with a range of potential treatment options, so it can be challenging to make that choice. Our nurses are also involved in helping men and their families emotionally and psychologically. They also play an important role in side-effect management following treatment which can be quite debilitating."

"In far too many cases, men with prostate cancer live with long-lasting impacts on physical and psychological wellbeing and often find it difficult to seek or find help or support. From the moment that a man is diagnosed, their Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse becomes the main point of contact for any issues or concern the men and their families may have, including management of symptoms and treatment side effects – there is no end-point to this care."

"Patients often tell us that they need "an opportunity to talk through [their] diagnosis beyond what is available in a standard 15-minute consult with a urologist". A Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can help patients and their families to understand their diagnosis, what to expect and connect them with services to address the challenges that they may encounter along the way."

“Prostate cancer is too frightening to face alone. Our nurses are there to support men at one of the most difficult times in their lives, to help them understand their diagnosis, the treatment options available to them and also to coordinate their care so that they get all of the help that they need.” 

“We know that this expert support from a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse can be life-changing for men and their families who are dealing with prostate cancer. From the moment that these men are diagnosed, the prostate cancer specialist nurse can become their main point of contact to discuss any issues that they may have in relation to their diagnosis, treatment, side effect management and after care.”

‘Hear more about the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses program from Director of Nursing, Sally Sara, by clicking HERE’. 

Dry July funds 3 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses (PCSN)

Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses (PCSN) provide coordinated support throughout the entire prostate cancer journey; taking into account physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of men and their families.

Thanks to funds raised in 2018, Dry July will be funding three Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses; one in NSW, one in Hobart and one in Launceston.

From the moment that a man is diagnosed, their PCSN becomes the main point of contact for any issues or concern the men and their families may have, including management of symptoms and treatment side effects – there is no end-point to this care.

Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing (PCSN) Program

"At a time in my life when I needed someone to guide and support me, Chris was there. I can't thank him enough."

- Steve, a member of the Dog Squad in the Police Force and prostate cancer survivor 

Every man like Steve needs a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse like Chris. 

Sadly, 2 in 3 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are missing out on this life-changing expert nursing support. 

The funds you raise this Dry July will support more men like Steve during the most frightening time of their lives. 

As a frontline police officer for 28 years, Steve Lindsey bravely puts his life on the line on a daily basis, but he openly admits the most frightening moment of his life happened in the doctor’s office, being told … “You have prostate cancer”. 

After receiving his diagnosis Steve felt completely overwhelmed. 

“My world stopped… it was just so frightening to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was lying awake at night, wondering what on earth is going to happen. I was worried I wouldn’t pull through, worried for my family, that I wouldn’t see my kids grow up. Or worse, that my kids would lose me just like I lost my dad when I was 24.” 

For Steve, only one person could calm his fear. Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, Chris McNamara. With his surgery date looming, Steve fought his fear and decided “I’m going to call this guy.” 

“It was the best phone call I ever made. I spoke to Chris for over an hour and he immediately put all my fears to rest. He took me through every step.” 

“Chris said he was going to meet me at the hospital. He said he’d be there when I woke up – and he was. At a time in my life when I needed someone to guide and support me, Chris was there. I can’t thank him enough.” 

Steve is back on full duty with his new police dog Leo. There are two days that he will never forget on his cancer journey - the day he received his prostate cancer diagnosis and the day he met his Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Chris.