Prostate cancer prevalence has increased by 75 per cent in Australia over the past decade. One in nine Australian men aged 65 and over is a prostate cancer survivor.
Professor Suzanne Chambers from the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, along with the nation’s top prostate cancer experts, will lead the world’s first multi-disciplinary survivorship centre set to benefit the more than 10 Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer every hour. Researchers from:
- Griffith University
- Cancer Council QLD
- Edith Cowan University
- Cancer Council NSW
- Monash University
- University of Adelaide
- University of Queensland
have collaborated to establish the Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship to target critical problems in survivorship after prostate cancer.
Three of every 10 men diagnosed will also suffer from clinically high distress and long-term unmet psychological needs. Eight will be overweight or obese. Most will experience sexual morbidity and half will have long-term unmet sexual support needs.
At a national level, the Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship will provide a unique and crucial pathway to connect research to translation and action across four main areas:
- psychosocial and psychosexual health
- exercise medicine
- the economic costs of prostate cancer
- geographic inequalities in prostate cancer outcomes.
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