St John’s Hospital gets expanded prostate cancer services

WEST Lothian men who suffer from prostate cancer are to benefit from a significant expansion in services at their local St John’s Hospital.

Currently, one third of men attending Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital (WGH) for investigations for prostate cancer are from West Lothian – and with almost half of them diagnosed with the condition, the provision of local services will provide a timely boost to their support and treatment.

The new facilities are taking the form of both a specialist clinic and a prostate cancer support group at St John’s, with new equipment currently being purchased for the clinic to treat attendees with prostate biopsies, diagnosis and management.

The support group has been established in the Macmillan Centre at St John’s and will provide help and stability for prostate cancer sufferers during the diagnosis and treatment processes.

A similar support group currently meets at the Maggie’s Centre at the WGH every two months, and has proven to be a very successful and popular source of aid for attendees.

Gill Davis, Specialist Nurse in Urology, NHS Lothian, said:

This is an exciting development within NHS Lothian. We will be providing a new prostate service that will allow patients equality of access for investigations, treatment and support locally."

Patients are already looking forward to sharing their experiences at the support group – adding that a key benefit will be receiving guidance from fellow sufferers on difficult decisions that may lie ahead.

Charlie, from West Lothian, said:

“Making a choice of treatment can be difficult. By offering the men in West Lothian the chance to meet and chat to other locals, who have already experienced the various treatment options and side effects, will prove to be extremely effective in helping them make the right decisions at this traumatic time.”

Fellow patient Jack added:

“The idea of a local support group is terrific, as you are worried sick. The chance to chat to other men in the same position provides a great relief to help share the fight.”

The first meeting of the West Lothian Prostate Cancer Support Group was due to be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 27th June.