Al­bury Wodonga Can­cer Cen­tre gets new prostate can­cer sup­port nurse

Myrtleford Times - - News -

AL­BURY Wodonga is set to host a full time spe­cial­ist prostate can­cer nurse, one of 14 new po­si­tions funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment to be al­lo­cated across Aus­tralia.

The nurse, lo­cated at the new Al­bury Wodonga Re­gional Can­cer Cen­tre, is among the new re­cruits join­ing 29 ex­ist­ing nurses cur­rently work­ing in hos­pi­tals across the coun­try.

Prostate can­cer is the most com­mon form of can­cer af­fect­ing men, with over 16,000 Aus­tralians ex­pected to be di­ag­nosed this year and, de­spite a 95 per cent five-year sur­vival rate, more than 3,000 men die from it each year.

Fed­eral MP Sus­san Ley said “the Al­bury based nurse will be avail­able to lo­cal men with can­cer, and their fam­i­lies, of­fer­ing the sup­port and in­for­ma­tion they need”.

“Some­one di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer will of­ten need to see a range of health care pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing a urol­o­gist, gen­eral prac­ti­tioner, ra­di­ol­o­gist and al­lied health staff.”

“This fund­ing means our lo­cal nurse can pro­vide ad­vice and co­or­di­nated care, with im­proved ac­cess to those spe­cial­ists and the ser­vices they need from di­ag­no­sis on­wards”, Ms Ley said.

The Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia (PCFA) is im­ple­ment­ing the pro­gram, with ex­pan­sion of the spe­cial­ist ser­vice made pos­si­ble af­ter the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated a fur­ther $ 5.9 mil­lion over three years as part of the 2017/18 Fed­eral Bud­get.

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