Making it happen
The initial scoping work found that men didn't have enough information about their condition, available support services, or the importance of exercise, and they weren't being referred to appropriate services.
This project aimed to correct this issue, help men manage the side effects of treatment and promote physical activity using:
- health and wellbeing clinics
- referral to one-to-one physiotherapy sessions for men physically impaired by prostate cancer
- referrals and support to access local exercise services
- education sessions for health professionals providing therapeutic services to men with prostate cancer.
Each patient typically attended between four and six one-to-one sessions and/or was referred onto appropriate services. Within these sessions the physiotherapist could address a host of issues, including common side effects of treatment like fatigue and incontinence. Men could re-access the service as required to ensure they had ongoing support.
In a brand new, innovative service, men were referred to the Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Physiotherapist before radiotherapy. Pre-radiotherapy physiotherapy prepared men’s bladders to optimise the volume of urine they hold, and helped to minimise the impact of radiotherapy on long term continence.