Partnership to improve lives of prostate cancer survivors
TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Made possible by funds provided by Movember, Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) is pleased to announce the establishment of 'A Survivorship Action Partnership' (ASAP) to help improve the lives of prostate cancer survivors and their partners, caregivers and family members across Canada.
The Movember funding, a minimum of 10 million dollars over three years for ASAP, is the largest investment in prostate cancer survivorship programs in Canada to date. The multi-disciplinary collaborative network draws on healthcare professionals from both clinical and community settings.
"Movember is a major funder of prostate cancer research in Canada. In addition, we also see it as critical to fund programs for prostate cancer survivors," says Peter Bombaci, National Director, Movember Canada. "Survivorship programs can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life for men, their families and caregivers."
"Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer is not easy for anyone to manage. We hope that developing a comprehensive set of solutions will ease the burden faced by survivors, their partners, caregivers, families and friends," says Maureen Rowlands, Director, Support Services at PCC. "The recovery process can bring about new challenges and PCC is committed to supporting men from diagnosis to treatment and recovery."
An exciting feature of the ASAP initiative is that survivors and other non-medical members of the public will participate in the entire endeavour, providing insight and advice into the programs offered. Programs funded will provide information and resources on a variety of topics, such as physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Prostate Cancer Canada would like to recognize the Movember Foundation as a key funder of this initiative.
For more information on the Survivorship Strategy, please visit http://www.prostatecancer.ca/Research/Overview/A-Survivorship-Action-Partnership.
About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more information visit prostatecancer.ca or check our Twitter account at @ProstateCancerC or Facebook at Prostate Cancer Canada.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men's faces, in Canada and around the world. With their Mo's, these Mo Bros and supporting Mo Sistas raise vital funds and awareness for men's health issues. Since its inception as a charity event in 2004, over 2 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have raised almost $300 M for its causes with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. For more information please visit movember.com - @movemberCA - facebook.com/movembercanada
SOURCE: Prostate Cancer Canada
For further information:
Rebecca von Goetz
Prostate Cancer Canada
416-441-2131 ext. 258
Caroline De Silva
416-968-7311 ext. 231