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Urinary incontinence, or leakage, is to be expected after prostate surgery. It may be a mild problem, needing pads to manage it for only a few weeks, or more severe and requiring protective pads for up to a year. The pelvic floor muscles control the bladder and flow of urine. Exercising them effectively will help men regain bladder control earlier. Ideally, the exercises are started before surgery, but they can also help bladder control if started after surgery.

Check out the video below of Thomas Harris a Men's Health Physiotherapist discussing the importance of the male pelvic floor along with an introduction to a pelvic floor muscle routine. Attached to this post is a PDF downloadable file of the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) and PCFA resources booklet "Physiotherapy before and after prostate cancer surgery".

For more information on finding your local continence physiotherapist contact the PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenurse Team on 1800 22 00 99.

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In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we at PCFA dared to try something different - Live broadcast an Ask The Experts Webcast. With travel restrictions and lockdowns all over the country, we still managed to bring together experts and delivered an educational webcast on Urinary Challenges in Prostate Cancer.

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As we commence World Continence Week 2021 (21-27 June) I thought I would inform the community of a great initiative - Bins4Blokes. BINS4Blokes is an Australia-wide awareness and advocacy campaign promoting the installation of incontinence bins in male public toilet facilities.

 

Help is available:

For a free confidential chat about your concerns with incontinence or a chat about your prostate cancer experience - Call our Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenurse service on 1800 22 00 99 (Mon-Fri 9-5 pm AEDT or Wed 9-10 pm)

To access the PCFA Resource - "Understanding Urinary and Bowel Issues" CLICK HERE

 

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Help is Available
 

Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenursing Service:

If your life has been impacted by prostate cancer, our Specialist Telenursing Service is available to help. If you would like to reach out to the PCFA Prostate Cancer Specialist Telenurse Service for any questions you have about your prostate cancer experience, please phone 1800 22 00 99 Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Wednesday 10am-8pm (AEST).

 

Prostate Cancer Support Groups:

PCFA is proud to have a national network of affiliated support groups in each state and territory of Australia consisting of men and women who have a passion for assisting others who encounter prostate cancer. This network is made up of over 170 affiliated groups who meet locally to provide one-to-one support, giving a vision of life and hope after treatment. Call us on 1800 22 00 99 to find your local group.

 

MatesCONNECT Telephone-based peer support:

MatesCONNECT is a telephone-based peer support program for men affected by prostate cancer. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, our MatesCONNECT service can connect you to a trained volunteer who understands what you’re going through. All of our volunteers have been through prostate cancer. Simply call us on 1800 22 00 99 to be connected with a volunteer.

 

Newly diagnosed? or need to find more information -Access the PCFA resources here!

 
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Last month the PCFA launched the STARGATE project. STARGATE aims to improve prostate cancer awareness by providing information on the burden of disease at a regional level, nationwide.

You can search by postcode or area name for factsheets of specific Australian regions and share these with your friends, family, and workmates to help improve community understanding and save lives.

The data includes diagnoses, deaths, and prostate cancer stage at diagnosis, unlocking information that has not previously been shared in this way with the community.

www.STARGATE.org.au 

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During this live and interactive webinar, Dr Gillman provides realistic expectations and up-to-date pharmaceutical information surrounding management of sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatment.

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PCFA is proud to have a national network of affiliated support groups in each state and territory of Australia consisting of men and women who have a passion for assisting others who encounter prostate cancer. This network is made up of over 170 affiliated groups who meet locally to provide one to one support, giving a vision of life and hope after treatment.

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Men's Health Physiotherapist Thomas Harris of Target Physiotherapy Brisbane discussing the anatomy, functionality, and importance of pelvic floor exercises for men affected by prostate cancer.

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Prof Rob Newton - Exercise as medicine with prostate cancer (Virtual Community Conversations 2020)

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Mr Ben Challacombe - Prehabilitation for prostatectomy (Virtual Community Conversations 2020)

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Mr David Shillington - Positive mental health & wellbeing (Virtual Community Conversations 2020)

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Prof Daniel Galvao-Exercise across prostate cancer trajectory (Virtual Community Conversations 2020)

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Mr Ross Campbell - A survivors experience of exercise (Virtual Community Conversations 2020)

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Prostate Cancer Support Group Education Webinar: Focal Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer - is it right for me?

Join the experts as they educate prostate cancer patients on this new treatment option which uses MRI to identify prostate cancer, and targeted radiotherapy to treat only the tumour, instead of the whole prostate, to keep side effects to a bare minimum.

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Professor Dunn is one of Australia’s longest-serving cancer charity CEOs and a recognised World Cancer Leader and has been voted President-Elect of the Inion for International Cancer Control (UICC).

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The final webcast in this series - Prostate Cancer Survivorship: The Long Run.

For the first time, we have brought together experts from New York, Vancouver, Sydney, and Perth to talk about the challenges of prostate cancer survivorship.

We’re calling it out – men impacted by prostate cancer face specific challenges that are seldom addressed in mainstream health care delivery.

Our latest research pinpoints seven priority actions as a practical platform for change. Proudly presented by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia with thanks to the support of Astellas.

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PSA Guidelines: A summary of the PSA Guidelines for the Prostate Cancer Support Group Network.

PCFA developed the guidelines in order to resolve the controversy surrounding PSA testing for both men and their doctors. The guidelines do not recommend a population screening program for prostate cancer as the evidence does not support such a program. For men who decide to be tested, it contains guidance on matters such as what age to start testing; how frequently to be tested; when to stop testing; the PSA level which should prompt further investigation; family history; and the role of the digital rectal exam.

 

A copy of the PSA Guidelines endorsed by the NHMRC can be found on the PCFA website:

https://pcfa.org.au/awareness/for-healthcare-professionals/clinical-practice-guidelines-on-psa-testi...

 

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Personalised prostate cancer treatment of the future: A summary of the ProPSMA Pet/CT trial for PCFA Support Group Network

This is the first webinar in a new series of online education for the PCFA Prostate Cancer Support Group Network. This webinar features two of the world’s leaders in the rapidly emerging field of theranostics to discuss the next phase of research and investment in treating prostate cancer.

Join Professors Michael Hofman and Declan Murphy, lead authors on the ProPSMA study, funded by PCFA, in conversation with the PCFA Prostate Cancer Support Groups with a summary of the trial.

The Pro-PSMA trial recently found molecular imaging is more accurate than conventional medical imaging in detecting the spread of prostate cancer.
 
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PCFA Webinar: Personalised prostate cancer treatment of the future; Bringing together imaging, diagnostics, and therapy to stop cancer's spread. 

Our CEO Professor Jeff Dunn in conversation with Professors Michael Hofman and Declan Murphy, lead authors on the ProPSMA study, funded by PCFA, which recently found molecular imaging is more accurate than conventional medical imaging in detecting the spread of prostate cancer

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6 May 2020

 

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This Ask the Experts webcast was hosted by Ricardo Goncalves, presenter and finance editor for SBS World News and featured Dr Katelyn Barnes, Ross Campbell, Prof Rob Newton, and Adj/Prof Sally Sara who discussed an overview of lifestyle, exercise & nutrition in relation to prostate cancer

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This Ask the Experts webcast was hosted by Ricardo Goncalves, presenter and finance editor for SBS World News and featured Prof Suzanne Chambers AO, Prof Lisa Horvath, Judy Jeffery, and The Hon Jim Lloyd who discussed an overview of distress after a prostate cancer diagnosis

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Exercise has great potential as a medicine for cancer. Tailored exercise programs can reduce treatment side effects, fatigue and anxiety in cancer patients. This is very good news for the 200,000 Australian men living after a diagnosis with prostate cancer, helping to improve their quality of life.

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