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Every 30 minutes, one of our fathers, sons, or brothers hears the news they have prostate cancer. In fact, prostate cancer is the most common cancer present in Australia today, with nearly 230,000 men alive after a diagnosis.

By 2040, that number is set to increase by nearly 70%, to more than 370,000, with massively growing need for our services and support.

If you or your family have been affected, you’ll know the toll that prostate cancer can take on men’s physical and mental health. The good news is – we’re here to help.

We provide support and care that no other organisation offers, and we can’t do it without vital donations from Dry July:

• We send thousands of information kits to men, their families, and the community each year.
• We fund over 80 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses in hospitals Australia-wide, including 5 nurses funded by Dry July.
• We run Australia’s only dedicated Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service, so you can call us from home when you need help.
• We facilitate a national Support Group Network and Online Community, bringing thousands of men together each year to overcome prostate cancer.

Over the past five years alone, we’ve funded more than $30 million in game-changing research.

Why go Dry this July for us?

With growing need for our services, and thousands of Australian men and families struggling with prostate cancer, we need your help.

When you go Dry this July for PCFA, you’ll be supporting our hospital-based Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses, as well as funding our life-changing Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service.

Our Specialist Nurses provide vital outreach and care for families who have had their worlds turned upside down by prostate cancer. Better still, you can be guaranteed of our support from the day of your family’s diagnosis and the years ahead.

Your donations go a long way

$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.

Latest Updates

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.

PCFA Receives a Dry July Foundation Grant

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) a grant in 2017 towards the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing (PCSN) program.

Prostate cancer is too frightening to face alone. Our expert nurses provide coordinated support throughout the entire prostate cancer journey; taking into account physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of men and their families. 

Patients often tell PCFA that they need "an opportunity to talk through [their] diagnosis beyond what is available in a standard 15-minute consult with a urologist". Specialist nurses 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. 

PCFA offers this extraordinary expert service free of charge, through support from a range of partners.

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