prostate cancer patients will be given more support thanks to a new service run by two charities.
The Macmillan Prostate Cancer Support Project has been set up by Macmillan Cancer Support and Age UK Leeds.
It aims to help with the emotional, financial, social and practical needs of men with stable advanced prostate cancer, as well as their carers.
Marcia Firth, Macmillan case worker, said: “This is a unique service in Leeds which will be a huge help to men with prostate cancer in the city.
“We will be visiting men in their homes and work with them to identify what needs they have – this might include daily living skills, managing finances, emotional wellbeing and improving their social networks.
“We will then work to enable them to access appropriate local, non-clinical services which will help meet these needs.
“It’s not easy to know where to turn following a diagnosis but we want to make sure no one faces prostate cancer alone.”
Prostate cancer generally affects over-50s. In Leeds, around 460 men are diagnosed every year.
David Padfield, chairman of the Leeds Prostate Cancer Support Group, added: “I’m very enthusiastic about this new service, I think it’s a very good scheme as it has the potential to fill gaps in the support currently available to men in Leeds.” Contact the service on 0113 203 1113.