Prostate Cancer Living Well With and Beyond Cancer Clinic
All patients diagnosed with prostate cancer are booked on to a prostate cancer living well with and beyond cancer clinic.
All patients with a cancer diagnosis are also invited to attend a general health and wellbeing clinic which discusses the following:
This is an opportunity to attend an informative group session discussing prostate cancer. Patients are welcome to bring a friend/relative along. Your clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will discuss this with you when you receive your test results and have a confirmed diagnosis of prostate cancer. An appointment will be booked for you to attend.
Both sessions are based at Russells Hall Hospital and are education and information events. The general health and wellbeing clinic is 9am – 11.30am and the prostate health and wellbeing clinic will last for one hour. People who are living with cancer, and those who have had cancer, often have specific support needs. If these needs are not addressed, it can damage their long-term prognosis and their ability to lead an active and healthy life. These needs can include information about treatment and care options, psychological support, advice about financial assistance and support in managing their condition themselves. Your CNS will discuss this with you and you will receive an appointment to attend.
People who are living with cancer, and those who have had cancer, often have specific support needs. If these needs are not addressed, it can damage their long-term prognosis and their ability to lead an active and healthy life. These needs can include information about treatment and care options, psychological support, advice about financial assistance and support in managing their condition themselves.
Carers also play a vital role in supporting people with cancer and it is important that their needs for information, advice and support are addressed. Addressing all of these needs is central to the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), which is coordinating efforts to improve the quality of services available to people affected by cancer. Although there have been significant improvements in support for people living with and beyond cancer, more needs to be done so that cancer survivors have the care and support they need to live as healthy a life as possible, for as long as possible.
Health and wellbeing clinics are a Macmillan Cancer Support development as part of its survivorship work. Their aim is that everyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and is living with cancer, will have access to a health and wellbeing clinic that will provide the support they need to enable them to lead as normal a life as possible.
The clinics support people around the end of cancer treatment with the transition between the treatment phase of their care and survivorship.
What are the benefits of the clinic?
It enables people living with prostate cancer, and their families, to manage the effects of their illness by giving them the necessary information and promoting positive lifestyle changes.
Who are they for?
They are for people who are living with prostate cancer. A clinical nurse specialist who specialises in prostate cancer will be at the event.
What will I gain?
Each session is delivered by a clinician with expertise in that field. Topics being covered include:
- Prostate disease and treatment options
- Continence needs and pelvic floor exercises
- Erectile dysfunction treatment options
- Diet and nutrition: Eating for prostate cancer
- Question and answers
Where are they held?
They are held at Russells Hall Hospital in the Clinical Education Centre in South Block. The sessions last about one hour and follow on from the general survivorship sessions. We encourage patients to attend both sessions either on the same day or as separate appointments. Patients have the opportunity to attend pre and post treatment.