Supporting those with prostate cancer

28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.
28.3.2013. Scottish Parliament. MSPs show their support for Prostate Cancer UK.

NIGEL Don MSP has pledged to support the swift implementation of a Prostate Cancer UK initiative in Angus North and Mearns to help Scottish men with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support.

This comes as interim findings of a new survey suggest that support offered to men with prostate cancer in Scotland is falling short of satisfactory standards.

The survey has been commissioned by Prostate Cancer UK to consult a sample of prostate cancer patients in Scotland about their experiences of care.

And the evidence so far highlights that despite recent improvements, there are gaps in the provision of information and support men with prostate cancer receive.

In a bid to help stamp out these inequalities, Prostate Cancer UK has produced a quality checklist to be used as a best practice guide for men and clinicians. The checklist sets out 15 national standards for care and support that Scottish men with prostate cancer should expect and demand, from the point of their diagnosis through to the end of their life.

Nigel Don MSP showed his support for the quality checklist at a recent campaigning event held at Holyrood where Nigel met with people affected by prostate cancer from across the country. To view the quality checklist visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/qualitycare