Two specialist clinics for men dealing with side effects from prostate cancer will open in Dublin and Galway next year.
The clinics, which will be located in two designated cancer care centres in St James’s Hospital and Galway University Hospital, will be launched next year on a pilot basis.
The clinics will be staffed by specialist prostate cancer nurses who will provide quality of life care to men following their treatment for prostate cancer in partnership with the current clinical care team.
It is hoped that the clinics will be in operation by mid-2014.
The clinics will be piloted under a new programme called the Care, Advice, Support and Education (CASE) initiative.
CASE is a three year funded programme by the Irish Cancer Society and The Movember Foundation.
Prostate cancer survivors grapple with a number of side effects following treatment.
Incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and the emotional and psychosocial impact of a prostate cancer diagnosis are some of the side effects.
The incidence of prostate cancer is growing every year with 3,172 men diagnosed in Ireland in 2010.
John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We know that many men struggle with the side effects of prostate cancer treatment and that often it can be difficult to talk about and get help where it’s required.”
“We are opening these nurse-led side effects clinics in 2014 with a view to alleviating the impact of these effects on men and to help them cope with the support of specialist prostate cancer nurses,” he said.
“With more men being diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, the Society is committed to ensuring that effective supports are in place to help men at a challenging time,” Mr McCormack added.
Neill Rooney, Country Manager of Movember Ireland, said: "Movember are committed to ensuring that men who have been affected by prostate cancer have the very best care and support available to help them through their cancer journey. Nurse-Led Side Effects Clinics will make a real difference to the lives of these men through the care provided by specialist prostate cancer nurses."
Both organisations say the new clinics are a direct response to feedback received from prostate cancer survivors which found that they were not prepared for, and had difficulty coping with, the severity of the physical and emotional side-effects of their treatment.
For Movember 2012, 17,000 Mo Bros and Sistas raised over €1.9million for Action Prostate Cancer, an initiative of the Irish Cancer Society.
For more information and to register for this year’s campaign go to www.movember.com