Prostate cancer ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion planned

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion of New Zealand wants men liv­ing with ad­vanced prostate cancer, and their fam­i­lies, to learn more about the dis­ease and take an ac­tive role in defin­ing their health out­comes.

‘‘Cur­rent treat­ment op­tions are lim­ited for men who have prostate cancer that has be­come re­sis­tant to hor­mone treat­ment,’’ Pro­fes­sor Chris Atkin­son, on­col­o­gist and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Cancer So­ci­ety says.

‘‘By pro­vid­ing men, and their fam­i­lies with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about metastatic prostate cancer, they will be in a stronger po­si­tion to make in­formed choices about their treat­ments, and the op­tions avail­able to them to ex­tend their life or to en­hance their qual­ity of life,’’ Atkin­son adds.

Graeme Wood­side, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Prostate Cancer Foun­da­tion ex­plains that prostate cancer, and par­tic­u­larly endof-life treat­ment and care, is a topic that many men shy away from speak­ing about pub­licly.

‘‘We need to get bet­ter at talk­ing about men’s health is­sues and prostate cancer specif­i­cally if we are to en­sure men have ac­cess to re­sources and treat­ment op­tions equal to that avail­able for breast cancer. Only then can we hope to im­prove op­tions and out­comes for New Zealand men with metastatic prostate cancer,’’ Wood­side says.

In or­der to pro­vide up to date in­for­ma­tion about prostate cancer pro­gres­sion, treat­ment op­tions and path­ways of care, an ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion is be­ing held at Novo­tel Eller­slie on Satur­day Au­gust 23 from 1 to 4pm.

Lead­ing spe­cial­ists in­volved in the treat­ment and care of men with metastatic prostate cancer will present in­for­ma­tion about the dis­ease, in­ter­na­tional treat­ment guide­lines as well as the cur­rent treat­ment op­tions and out­comes for New Zealand men.

Sup­ported by per­sonal sto­ries from men liv­ing with metastatic prostate cancer, th­ese ses­sions aim to ex­plore the cur­rent chal­lenges faced by New Zealand men and en­cour­age men with ad­vanced dis­ease to talk about their fu­tures and ad­vo­cate for change.

Rea Wikaira, who is liv­ing with metastatic prostate cancer and worked in the health­care sys­tem for more than 20 years, says his in­volve­ment with th­ese ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions is about giv­ing metastatic prostate cancer a sig­nif­i­cant voice in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘I urge all men liv­ing with ad­vanced prostate cancer to come along to th­ese ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions, to learn more about the dis­ease, and to take an ac­tive role in defin­ing their own fu­ture liv­ing with metastatic prostate cancer.’’

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