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New support for prostate cancer sufferers

A programme has been launched to help offer support for men living with prostate cancer.

Living with and Beyond Prostate Cancerhas been developed by Prostate Cancer UK and Maggie's Cancer Centres to help provide information, practical advice and support from fellow sufferers.

Following a pilot programme in Fife, the course will run across 14 centres across the UK from Fife and Dundee to West London and Nottingham.

Anne Louise Ward, Maggie's Programme Director, said: “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.”

There are more than 250,000 men currently living with or recovering from prostate cancer in the UK which is why the programme - partially funded by the Movember Foundation - will be fully rolled out in the new year.

Ann Ferguson, Association Director of Community Services at Prostate Cancer UK said:

“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.”

Ali Rooke, specialist nurse at Prostate Cancer UK said: “I speak to men every day who are living with a diagnosis of prostate cancer or the side effects of treatment. All too often men struggle in silence and aren't aware of the support available to them in their local area.

“Support services, like the one we've recently launched with Maggie's, are a lifeline to many men across the UK, providing them with information and support and a place to speak to others going through similar experiences to themselves. As nurses we can play our part by signposting men to these vital services to ensure they get the continued support they desperately need in the community.”