Clinics to support prostate patients
A new service is being set up for the thousands of Irish men diagnosed each year with prostate cancer.
Specialist nurses will operate clinics in Dublin and Galway to give advice on significant side-effects following treatment, which can include incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Diagnosis can also have emotional, psychological and social impacts on the men.
The Irish Cancer Society, with the Movember Foundation, said specialist nurse-led side-effects clinics will open at designated cancer care centres in St James' Hospital, Dublin, and Galway University Hospital in mid-2014.
They will operate on a three-year pilot basis under a new programme called Care, Advice, Support and Education (CASE).
The incidence of prostate cancer is growing, with 3,172 men diagnosed here in 2010.
Irish Cancer Society chief executive John McCormack said: "We know many men struggle with the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment, and that often it can be difficult to talk about and get help.
"We are opening these clinics with a view to alleviating the impact of these effects on men and to help them cope.
"The clinics will enhance and add value to the current post-treatment follow-up care team rather than replace them."
Movember Ireland country manager Neill Rooney said: "Movember is committed to ensuring that men who have been affected by prostate cancer have the very best care and support available to help them through their cancer journey."