Prostate News

Position Statement: Making informed treatment decisions

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ supports a new Position Statement issued by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists that encourages men facing a diagnosis of prostate cancer to have a discussion with both a Urologist and a Radiation Oncologist, about the respective treatment options available to them. This was recently reported…

ACC-funded bladder neck stents now available in NZ

In a New Zealand first, bladder neck stents have been implanted in two men with bladder neck contracture, following radical prostatectomies. Dr Jim Duthie, prostate cancer surgeon and medical advisor to the Prostate Cancer Foundation is very excited about this new tool in the arsenal to treat bladder neck contracture following prostate cancer surgery and…

Penile rehabilitation following treatment

A recently published study* shows that a regular dose of sildenafil (Viagra or its generic equivalent) taken immediately following nerve-sparing radical prostatectomy has significant benefit in restoring erectile function. Men taking just 2 pills per week immediately following removal of their catheter achieved much better recovery than those starting 3 months later. We suggest that…

Sir Peter steps down as Patron

After many years of reminding blokes to ‘get checked’ and raising awareness of the number one cancer in Kiwi men, Sir Peter Leitch is stepping down as Patron of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “His forthright approach has resulted in saving the lives of many men through his challenge to them to get checked,” says Foundation…