This appeal is important for reasons!
It’s an unfortunate reality that many men tragically diagnosed with Prostate Cancer unnecessarily undergo aggressive treatments. During September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, our goal is to raise the funds required to fast-track the research being undertaken by Dr Luke Selth and his team, which will provide greater treatment outcomes for thousands of Australian men.
Men like Sean, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just two months after celebrating his 50th birthday.
Sean has a young son, Connor, who was just age 7 when Sean was diagnosed. He’s really grateful that this September he still has his dad here with him to celebrate another Father’s Day. What he doesn’t realise is that because his dad had prostate cancer, his chances of being diagnosed himself have risen by 50%. This fact has been one of the hardest things for Sean to deal with.
At first Sean didn’t tell Connor about the diagnosis, something he regrets to this day. “He’s a smart kid and knew something was going on.”
The severity of the many treatments Sean endured made his condition too hard to hide. And he hopes his son never has to endure the same.
Your donation could make this hope a reality.
As you may know, there is currently no way to accurately determine between slow-growing prostate cancer and aggressive prostate cancer which needs to be treated urgently. This means that many men are undergoing life-changing treatments which may not be the best option for them.
During September, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, our goal is to raise the funds required to fast-track the research being undertaken by Dr Luke Selth and his team at the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories and Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide, which will provide greater treatment outcomes for thousands of Australian men like Sean.
Sean initially underwent robotic surgery, which appeared to be successful. But it wasn’t enough. Just six months later Sean required additional treatment and so he underwent a course of radiotherapy. Again the cancer was slowed, but after another few months the cancer was back again. This lead to a course of chemotherapy, combined with hormone therapy. Sean will now be on hormone therapy for the rest of his life.
Dr Selth’s revolutionary research will transform the prostate cancer treatment journey for so many men! With 1 in 7 men affected by prostate cancer before they turn 75, that’s a lot of men who desperately need personalised treatment options.
Given this alarming statistic, chances are if not already, you or one of the men you know will be touched by this awful disease.
Were these tests already available, Sean may not have had to endure multiple treatments. Treatments which put a huge strain on the relationship with his wife and dramatically reduced his quality of life.
These tests would reduce the number of men suffering side effects such as incontinence, a loss of libido and erectile disfunction, as well as a diminished mental and emotional capacity as a result of hormone therapy. Whilst these side effects are frightening and uncomfortable to consider, they are a real reality for men like Sean.
And that’s why your support is so important.
Will you show your support this Prostate Cancer Awareness Month?
Please give today to ensure this research translates into real solutions in record time.