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Nurses in 'vanguard' of attempt to reach male cancer patients

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Nurses are hitting the road in a dedicated mobile support unit for men with prostate or testicular cancer in Wales.

The “ManVan” was launched today by Welsh cancer charity Tenovus, Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation.

It is an American-style motorhome, converted to bring dedicated mobile cancer support to communities where such services are currently lacking, including deprived or hard-to-reach rural areas.

“We want to improve the support available to men with prostate or testicular cancer”

Claudia McVie

Specialist cancer nurses, including Peter Gill and Dianne Harding, will use the 38-foot van to bring one-to-one counselling, couples counselling, group support and benefits advice to men.

They will also provide a range of educational talks available for men and local healthcare professionals, as well as information for men and their families to take away.

The initiative, due to be launched at 5pm at Cyfartha Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, was paid for with funds raised during the annual Movember moustache growing campaign.

Claudia McVie, chief executive of Tenovus, said: “We want to improve the support available to men with prostate or testicular cancer in Wales by bringing vital services directly to them.

“We know men aren’t always comfortable talking about their worries, so we’ve designed the space specifically with them in mind.”

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