The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program began in 2013 with initial funding and support coming from the Specialist Services Committee, one of four joint collaborative committees that represent a partnership of Doctors of BC and the Province.
Approximately 3,200 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in British Columbia and so far, the Program has helped over 1,300 men and their families. The Province announced plans to expand the Program to Victoria, Kelowna, Surrey and Prince George.
The Program provides support to men with prostate cancer and their families. There are six modules ranging from support with treatment decisions and clinical services to overcome sexual dysfunction or urinary incontinence, to providing education to help improve long-term health through exercise and nutrition. The Program connects newly diagnosed men with cancer survivors and provides counselling and group therapy to help men and their families cope with the psychological burden of living with cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men. If caught early, the survival rate for men with prostate cancer is comparable to all men. See the news release.