Local men gather to hear about life after prostate cancer

Pictured in centre facilitator of event Kerry Chambers alongside Western Trust staff and event participants.

Pictured in centre facilitator of event Kerry Chambers alongside Western Trust staff and event participants.

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Local men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer over the past year have gathered for a special event focusing at life after diagnosis.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust hosted the ‘Living with and Beyond Prostate Cancer’ event at Altnagelvin Hospital.

There are currently around 134 men in the Western Trust area diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

The event, the first of its kind in Derry, was designed specifically for men who were diagnosed in the past year and their family members.

During the day, health experts delivered a series of short talks on various topics, including improving health and well-being.

There were also representatives from support groups on hand to provide information on the services that are available locally.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The 10-year survivor rates for cancer is increasingly rapidly, and had more than doubled between 2002 to 2010.

Kerry Chambers, Uro-Oncology Nurse Specialist and facilitator of the event, said:

“We are delighted that our first ever prostate cancer support event was so well attended by men and their families in the Western Trust area and the feedback we received was extremely positive.

“A diagnosis of prostate cancer, like any cancer can be a traumatic time for men and their families. Many men with prostate cancer find it easier to talk with others who are going through experiences like theirs and we would encourage men to avail of their local prostate support group.”

The support group is facilitated by a Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Counsellor and Nurse Chambers.

Meetings will be held around four times a year at Agnes Jones House in the grounds of Altnagelvin Hospital.

For further information on the support group, contact Michael Gibson, Cancer Focus NI Counsellor on 71345171 Ext. 213353, or Kerry Chambers, Uro-oncology Nurse on 71296145.