Invitation - Sexual Function and Prostate Cancer, Friday 18 May

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GenesisCare, in partnership with Restorative Sexual Health Clinic, is holding an information session for men who have prostate cancer. The topic is sexual function and prostate cancer.

Who should attend?

This invitation extends to all men in the Joondalup and
Wanneroo areas who have a diagnosis of prostate cancer. You
do not need to be a patient at the centre to attend.

Why attend?

  • Learn how prostate cancer and its treatment can impact on sexual function
  • Learn strategies to improve your sexual function
  • Understand that prostate cancer does not mean the end
    of your sex life
  • Talk to other men in similar situations
  • Meet the experts and ask questions

WHEN
Friday 18 May

TIME
10:30am – 12:30pm

WHERE
Suite 2.04
level 2, Shenton House
57 Shenton Avenue
Joondalup, WA 6027

BOOK NOW
To reserve your place call
Julie Sykes on 0409 522 190 or email
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Helping your body during and after cancer treatment: a must-see video for patients

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Exercise during and following cancer treatment provides many benefits to cancer survivors.  Exercise has been proven scientifically to reduce the impact of cancer symptoms and treatment related side-effects, including fatigue and nausea.  Muscle mass and bone mineral density, which can be greatly affected by some cancer treatments, can be maintained or even increased with exercise.  Exercise can also improve immune function, cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility and mood. Ongoing research is also demonstrating that exercise may have an impact on survival and disease recurrence, and this is currently being investigated further.
 
GenesisCare, in partnership with world leaders at Edith Cowan University’s Exercise Medicine Research Unit, offers patients attending the Joondalup or Wembley centres on-site exercise sessions.  All patients are assessed in conjunction with their treating cancer specialist. Based on the cancer treatments they have received or are receiving, a tailored exercise prescription is devised. This prescription is then carried out under the supervision of exercise physiologists experienced in working with cancer patients. It doesn’t matter if a patient has never exercised before as the specialised program encourages people to progress at an individual pace, recognising that some days may be better than others.
 
Current patients requiring information on how to join the exercise clinic should speak to their treating oncologist or contact:
 
Exercise Medicine Research Institute
Edith Cowan University
Tel: (08) 6304 3444
Fax: (08) 6304 2499
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New Prostate Care Centre Opens

A new prostate care service has opened in Joondalup.

Built on a world-class model of excellence, the Prostate Care Centre (PCC) is a specialist medical service that brings together a network of dedicated specialists and allied health professionals.

Integral to the new centre is Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Julie Sykes whose position, a first for Perth’s northern suburbs, is funded through the generous support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). PCFA launched the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service in 2012 and Julie joins the 45 existing specialist nurses who are currently working in hospitals across Australia.

‘Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a devastating blow to men and their families. Understanding the diagnosis, treatment options and processes can also be difficult to navigate for many. My role is to work with the patient, his family, and the medical team in a supportive capacity right from the moment of diagnosis to ensure that the diagnosis, treatment options and treatment plan are understood. I assist with all aspects of care coordination including access to other relevant services,’ said Ms Sykes.

With prostate cancer the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and responsible for close to 3,300 deaths each year in Australia1, the Prostate Care Centre, a collaborative initiative between GenesisCare and Perth Radiological Clinic, focuses on providing men with the latest diagnostic and treatment advances to ensure the best possible outcomes.

‘By bringing together highly skilled medical specialists from different disciplines to form a dedicated prostate team, we are able to evaluate all appropriate treatment options and formulate a treatment plan with only the patient’s best interests in mind,’ stated Associate Professor Raphael Chee, radiation oncologist and medical director at GenesisCare in Joondalup.
‘When a man is referred to the Prostate Care Centre, he may physically be seen by one or two consultants but, in most cases, his condition will also be discussed at a multidisciplinary meeting where the entire prostate specialist medical team is present. It’s the old analogy of two heads are better than one, but in this case there are many heads evaluating each case and deciding upon the best course of action,’ continued Associate Professor Chee.

Mr Peter Garland from Clarkson, who is living with prostate cancer, welcomes the new centre as a source of expert care and support.

‘When my GP first told me that my PSA blood test results were elevated and required further investigation, it was like I’d been hit by a lightning bolt. Had a specialist nurse been available at the time of my diagnosis, it would have made things a lot easier as there were so many questions and concerns running through my mind. The Prostate Care Centre is really good news for men in my situation, and with everything and everyone under the one roof there’s no need to travel south,’ explained Mr Garland.

The Prostate Care Centre is located on level 2 at Shenton House, 57 Shenton Avenue (opposite Joondalup Health Campus). Consultation with the prostate cancer specialist nurse is available free of charge to all men diagnosed with prostate cancer living in the Joondalup or Wanneroo shires or undergoing treatment at Shenton House. More information can be obtained by contacting Julie Sykes on 08 9400 6271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Sykes

Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Julie Sykes provides support, advice and care coordination to men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

1. Australian Government, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cancer in Australia 2017. Cancer series no. 101. Cat.No. CAN 100. Canberra: AIHW

New research article - Total body irradiation (TBI)...

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Congratulations to Dr Yvonne Zissiadis, together with medical physicists Kirsty Symons, Colm Morrison, Simon Woodings, and senior radiation therapist Jason Parry, on the publication of their research article Volumetric modulated arc therapy for total body irradiation: A feasibility study using Pinnacle3 treatment planning system and Elekta Agility™ linac in the Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics.

Total body irradiation (TBI) is used in the management of hematologic malignancies prior to the transplantation of hematopoietic or bone marrow stem cells. The combination of radiation and chemotherapy kills the malignant cells, increasing the likelihood of a successful transplant and suppresses the recipient's immune system to prevent immunologic rejection.

This study demonstrated the feasibility of achieving clinically acceptable volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) TBI plans with the Pinnacle3 treatment planning system and accurate delivery using an Elekta Agility™ linac. The advantages of this technique include improved patient comfort and positioning reproducibility during treatment, accurate 3D dose information, and the ability to selectively spare organs at risk.

The full paper can be accessed here.

Supporting breast cancer clinical trials

Learn why our research leader for NSW supports breast cancer clinical trials.  If you would like to know more about clinical trials, speak to your doctor or ask to speak to one of our research nurses.

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