3 in 4 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are missing out on expert nursing support
Our goal is that every Australian man affected by prostate cancer has access to life-changing expert nursing support like Steve did. But with 20,000 new prostate cancer diagnoses each year this would require 110 specialist nurses.
There are currently 28 Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses for all of Australia. It's just not enough.
Read Steve's story
Steve is a frontline police officer and for 28 years has been bravely putting his life on the line on a daily basis. But the most frightening moment of his life happened in the doctor's office, being told … "You have prostate cancer".
"My world stopped… it was just so frightening to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was lying awake at night, wondering what on earth is going to happen. I was worried I wouldn’t pull through, worried for my family, that I wouldn't see my kids grow up. Or worse, that my kids would lose me just like I lost my dad when I was 24."
Steve had just graduated as a police officer when prostate cancer took his father's life...
"If hearing the words that you have the same cancer that killed your father 26 years earlier is not bad enough, looking into the eyes of your children and seeing the fear in their eyes is terrifying."
With his surgery date looming, Steve had to fight his fears and make the call to Chris, a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse.
"It was the best phone call I ever made. I spoke to Chris for over an hour and he immediately put all my fears to rest. He took me through every step.
Every man like Steve needs a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse like Chris
"Chris said he was going to meet me at the hospital. He said he'd be there when I woke up – and he was. At a time in my life when I needed someone to guide and support me, Chris was there. I can't thank him enough."
Steve is now back on full duty with his new police dog Leo and said "there are two days that I will never forget - the day I received my diagnosis and the day I met my Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse, Chris".
Where Your Money Goes
PCFA provides this extraordinary nursing support to men like Steve free of charge, but of course it isn't free. That's why your support is so essential.
It costs $140,000 for one Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse to be equipped, placed, trained and supported for a year.
Please donate today, so more men like Steve have an expert nurse to walk with them every step of the way.
Nurses like Chris are one-in-a-million
Help us to raise $140,000 this autumn, so more men like Steve don't have to face their cancer journey alone.
Your generous support helps thousands of families who are experiencing the most frightening time in their lives.
Other Ways to Donate
Call us: 1800 22 00 99 or 02 9438 7000
Send your cheque to:
Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
PO Box 499
St Leonards NSW 1590
Together, we can support more men like Steve!