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Charity launches prostate surgery support packs

A charity has launched surgery support packs to help nurses guide men through the side effects of prostate cancer surgery.

Not all men are getting access to the information and support they need to come to terms with the damaging side effects of radical prostatectomy, according to Prostate Cancer UK. It noted that specialist nurses were significantly stretched in terms of time and resource and not all patients had access to one.

The charity has launched packs for nurses to give to their patients to help them support men prepare for surgery and deal with any problems afterwards.

“All too often we receive calls from men struggling to come to terms with the unwelcome side effects of prostate cancer surgery”

Anne Smart

The free packs include information about the operation, what side effects to expect and how to cope with them, as well as an introductory supply of male incontinence pads, disposable sanitary bags and wet wipes.

Prostate Cancer UK specialist nurse Anne Smart said: “All too often we receive calls from men struggling to come to terms with the unwelcome side effects of prostate cancer surgery. The emotional and psychological impact is huge but this is often underestimated.”

Anne Smart

Anne Smart

She added: “Signposting men to on-going support services to help them deal with the implications of surgery is fundamental, but in many areas this is not happening.

“The surgery support packs will equip nurses with the appropriate information and resources that they need to support men through and beyond surgery so that more men can return to a good quality of life.”

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