10 Dec 2014

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined forces with Maggie’s Cancer Centres across the UK to deliver a new programme of support for men living with prostate cancer and their families.

The new course, Living with and beyond prostate cancer, was developed to help men and their families cope with the common side effects of prostate cancer treatment and give them with information and practical support. It also provides an opportunity for men to share advice and provide support to others who have been through similar experiences. The course was made possible through funding from the Movember Foundation.

After a very successful pilot at Maggie’s Fife the course will now be run at 14 Maggie’s centres across the UK.

Ann Ferguson, Association Director of Community Services at Prostate Cancer UK said: “There are over 250,000 men currently living with or after prostate cancer in the UK, many of whom will be living with some of the devastating side effects of treatment such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence.

“All too often we hear from men struggling to come to terms with their diagnosis and many report that they receive little or no support to help them deal with concerns. We’re delighted that, with the support from the Movember Foundation, we’re able to work with Maggie’s across the UK to fill the gap in support that men so desperately need.”

Anne Louise Ward, Maggie’s Programme Director, said: “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and local cancer teams to provide this course for men and their families. A diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer can leave many men facing tough questions and emotions which is not only challenging for that person but for their family as well.

“The topics covered on the course can help those involved to take control of their cancer experience by supporting them with information and advice that will complement the medical treatment they are receiving. With such large numbers of men living with or after prostate cancer the demand for support is increasing and highlights a growing need for this course.”

For more information about the Living with and beyond prostate cancer course, and to find out if we’re working with a  Maggie’s near you visit our regional support pages.

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