Wednesday 18 September 2019

Six-week programme for Wexford prostate cancer survivors

By David Tucker

The Hope Cancer Support Centre is to deliver a six-week Prostate Education Programme which was developed by the Irish Cancer Society for prostate cancer survivors.

The aim of the programme is to enhance the physical and psychosocial well-being and quality of life for prostate cancer survivors by identifying and responding to supportive care needs, developing healthy coping strategies and managing lifestyle changes.

Prostate cancer rates in Ireland are the highest in Europe and amongst the highest in the world. In 2010, 3,125 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland. Irish men have a 1 in 8 chance of developing prostate cancer. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men. Prostate cancer is often a slow growing cancer, particularly in older men, and symptoms may not occur for many years Prostate cancer is 90 per cent curable if it is treated in its earliest stages.

The core topic areas at the Hope programme will include: Physical health and well being; sexual functioning, issues and concerns; pychosocial/emotional health and stress management; information/practical needs; social needs related to involvement in relationships; spiritual needs related to hope, belong, meaning and purpose to life.

The programme starts at the Hope Centre, in Enniscorthy, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4. If anyone is interested in participating they can contact the Hope Cancer Support Centre.

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