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Video Launched to Help Prostrate Cancer Patients

Published 18th Mar 2012


A new video has been launched by the University of Surrey to help men suffering from prostate cancer.

The film, titled ‘Getting Down to Coping’, is intended to accompany a self management program for cancer sufferers.

The video was made available via the University of Surrey Website and Youtube on March 1 at the request of its participants.

The video contains personal stories from fellow sufferers of the disease who speak frankly on the difficulties faced by themselves and their families in overcoming prostate cancer.     

University of Surrey Research Fellow Jane Cockle-Hearne said she hoped “showing how other men have coped with their lives will motivate men in the self management program to have self belief and confidence”.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men with an estimated 250,000 people living with the disease in the UK.

A diagnosis of prostate cancer along with the side effects of treatment can have intense psychological effects on men suffering from the illness.

The new program from the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care hopes that having previous sufferers talk informally but directly on the implications of treatment will help remove the feeling of isolation and uncertainty that comes with any major illness diagnosis.

The self management program, spearheaded by Professor Sarah Faithful, works to teach men practical, physical and cognitive techniques to overcome the side effects of radiotherapy.

While trials are still under way an informal appraisal has already been given by men currently suffering from the disease.

1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, mostly effecting the over 50’s, and it is estimated that one man dies of prostate cancer every hour.     

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