THE appointment of two specialist prostate cancer nurses at Calvary Mater Newcastle hopes to help men with the disease, and their families, get the support they need at the right time in the right place.
Nurses Tracy Scott and Nancy Consoli have been awarded two-year positions thanks to the sponsorship of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA).
While the roles are based at Calvary Mater, they will be available to patients throughout the district.
“These positions are a wonderful addition to our region’s existing cancer services. We will be providing supportive care and co-ordination of care to prostate cancer patients and their families, together with raising community awareness and carrying out research,” Ms Consoli said.
The nurses will help patients understand their prostate cancer diagnosis, what to expect, and connect them with services to address the challenges that they may encounter along the way.
PCFA’s chief operating officer Malcolm Freame said specialist nurses had the knowledge and skills to help men at all stages in their cancer journey – from diagnosis, through treatment and aftercare.