The Cancer Society of New Zealand is the leading organisation dedicated to reducing the incidence of cancer and ensuring the best cancer care for everyone in New Zealand. They are the leading cancer patient advocates in New Zealand, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer detection and treatment.
They have a National Office located in Wellington, six regional offices and 15 centres. The Cancer Society of New Zealand has been partners of Movember since 2008 and together we are working towards a shared goal of reducing the impact of prostate cancer on New Zealand men and their loved ones.
Together, Movember and the Cancer Society are dedicated to:
Funding important, world-class New Zealand research into the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate cancer
Providing information, support and advocacy to those affected by prostate cancer.
Raising community awareness about prostate cancer.
Example of Movember Funded Programmes
Programme 1: Cancer Information Helpline
The 0800 cancer information line fields over 15,000 calls a year from New Zealanders seeking information on types of cancer, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and the issues attached. These calls are answered by nurses who can help cancer sufferers and their support group understand their cancer journey. The nurses are extremely experienced and also have access to an extensive resource library which can be utilised by cancer patients. These nurses can also match patients with counsellors, psychologists or a person who has had a similar experience. There is a range of support groups, programmes, workshops, seminars and online forum available.
In conjunction with Movember the information line is extremely well resourced to field enquiries on men’s cancers and in particular prostate cancer. The information line is a free service with an out of hour’s answer-phone ensuring all enquiries are met, all enquiries are confidential and the service can be used as many times as required.
We know from New Zealand health data that men are not well represented in the health statistics. They generally present late with symptoms, making their illnesses harder to treat.
Get the Tools has been developed as health promotion tool - to encourage men to be more aware of their health in general, and therefore better protect themselves. It’s developed for every Kiwi bloke, not just for patients. There is a huge amount of health information out there, and developing a website specific to men’s health targets them as a priority audience without swamping them with excessive amounts of information not relevant to them. The website has been written for men, with an understanding of the reluctance men show when it comes to their health.
In conjunction with Movember and the men’s health community “Get the Tools” has endeavored to source useful and relevant cutting edge tools to benefit Kiwi blokes, their mates, their community and workplace, and their family and loved ones.
Programme 3: Radar Research Programme
RADAR prostate cancer trial is the biggest prostate cancer trial in Australasia and has been running since 2007. Associate Professor David Lamb, based in Wellington, is investigating how long to use hormone therapy in prostate cancer and whether the side effects of treatment (osteoporosis) could be reduced by the use of bone-hardening drugs (bisphosphonates).