New specialist nurse role supports WA men with prostate cancer

A female nurse sits on a bench in a garden
Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Maya Kaspi
May 18, 2021

Access to dedicated support for Western Australian men with prostate cancer is now available following the introduction of a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse (PCSN) at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

The new nurse forms part of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s (PCFA) specialist nursing service, working with local health care teams and the community to improve outcomes for men impacted by the disease.

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG) PCSN, Maya Kaspi, said she is honoured to be the first nurse appointed to this role in the public hospital sector of WA, and was now in the process of getting to know patients and their families.

“I have worked very closely with PCFA and the FSFHG Urology service to ensure we have a clear understanding of how this position will provide men and their families with not only specialised support and connection to essential information, but also ensure it becomes that ongoing point of contact for them.

“From the point of diagnosis, I am responsible for assisting patients with informed decision-making about their care, which includes explaining treatment options, as well as a psychosocial model of care to support their health and emotional wellbeing.

“I’m glad that I can be a constant source of support for not only my patients but also their families when their lives have been turned upside down following a cancer diagnosis – it’s my job to be there every day to help them navigate the road ahead."

As a high volume public prostate cancer service, the FSFHG PCSN role will act as a nexus for coordinating and providing information on urological care, radiation oncology, medical oncology, and trial therapies.

PCFA CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO said the new nursing role would benefit hundreds of men in Western Australia.

“Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Australian men, with about 16,700 men newly diagnosed each year, and sadly each year about 3,152 of those men will die from the disease.

“About one in five men with prostate cancer experience long-term anxiety and depression and many will struggle to cope with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment which is why these specialist nurses play a critical role in providing guidance, care and support,” he said.

Australia has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, with one in every six Australian men likely to be diagnosed by age 85.

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