The Prostate Cancer Foundation has a significant role in promoting public awareness of this disease. With over 3000 New Zealand men being diagnosed each year, and with early detection leading to better outcomes, it is important that men are aware of the signs of potential disease and also of the checking and screening tests that are available from their doctor.
Each year Blue September focuses on prostate cancer awareness. We actively encourage businesses and community groups to join in with their own promotional activities as part of this campaign.
We have 36 support networks across New Zealand, providing valuable support and resources to prostate cancer patients and their families.These groups are coordinated, mainly by trained volunteers, and meet monthly, or bi-monthly, and provide opportunity for discussion and input from professionals involved with prostate cancer patients.
Our 0800 4Prostate (0800 477 678) Helpline is available to those who have questions and concerns about any matters related to prostate cancer. Often these calls will be referred to a person with some experience of prostate cancer or will provide information on where professional advice may be available.
One of the main goals of PCF is to educate people about prostate problems and prostate cancer in particular. We know that those diagnosed with prostate cancer have special needs. We know because “we have been there”!
Men with prostate cancer have to make vitally important decisions about types of treatment. They may also have to make important choices and adjustments to enjoy a full life. To do this they need relevant and current information to help them make the decision that is best for them. It is not our role to give medical advice, but we will provide the most appropriate information available.
There are many different treatments for prostate disease and people need information about their choices so they can make decisions that are best for them. Our role is to help those recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and survivors of prostate cancer, to lead productive and full lives through shared counseling and discussions.
Every year the Foundation commits significant funds to New Zealand based research on finding better diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer. Research projects currently underway are:
Dr Remy Lim, a Radiologist at Mercy Radiology in Auckland, leading a team looking at the use of the new PSMA PET/CT scanning procedure in pre-operative staging of high risk patients.
Dr Vili Nosa PhD, Head of the Pacific Health Section, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, conducting a clinical audit of PSA testing among Pacific men in Auckland.
New Zealand Urological Nurses Society, developing a training programme for the upskilling of urological nurses.