Sup­port­ive Care Palmer­ston North & Feild­ing

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Men’s Health is an im­por­tant area for Sup­port­ive Care ser­vices at the Can­cer So­ci­ety. Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Health’s most re­cent sta­tis­tics, over half of new can­cer reg­is­tra­tions are male. How­ever, only 40% of the clients I see are men.

Why is this? There could be a num­ber of rea­sons, but I think the main one is that men are not good at seek­ing help. Kiwi blokes are too staunch, too proud, too self-suf­fi­cient, and some­times too scared, to show vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

We pro­vide is a safe place for peo­ple to talk about their ex­pe­ri­ences of can­cer. Whether in our fan­tas­tic Men’s Sup­port Group (thanks Richard McLaslan for all your hard work!), through a re­fer­ral to the Massey Can­cer Psy­chol­ogy Ser­vice, or talk­ing con­fi­den­tially to me, I know our men ben­e­fit from talk­ing about what they are go­ing through.

Our Men’s Sup­port Group meets on the first Wed­nes­day of the month, for men im­pacted by can­cer. The group in­vites a dif­fer­ent speaker each month, usu­ally some­one with a can­cer or health fo­cus, but not al­ways. Oc­to­ber saw Tim Cook speak on his trip to the Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Win­sor Cas­tle as part of the NZ Army Band – an in­ter­est­ing and fun talk.

We also have a Car­ers Fam­ily & Whanau Sup­port Group that meet on the last Mon­day evening of the month, for any­one im­pacted by another per­son’s can­cer.

Both of these groups are held at 7pm, Addis House, 135 Ruahine Street in Palmer­ston North.

If you or some­one you know need sup­port be­cause of can­cer please con­tact me on 3565355

Lewin Dick­son, Sup­port­ive Care Co-or­di­na­tor

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