Tameside Hospital’s urology department is top of the table for diagnosing the most common cancer in men.
Tameside is the only hospital in Greater Manchester to have hit 100 per cent of the treatment targets for urology cancers over the past 12 months, which include prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular. Out of the 11 hospitals in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire network, only Tameside is achieving 100 per cent of the National Cancer Targets.
“This is great news for patients,” said urology consultant Rick Brough. “We diagnose around 300 patients each year with prostate cancer, here at Tameside Hospital. In our new hospital we have state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and fast access.
“If people are diagnosed early, their chances of recovery and survival are much higher so it’s really important that we see them as quickly as possible. It is an extremely worrying time for people when they receive a cancer diagnosis, so seeing them quickly helps allay their anxieties.”
Tameside Hospital is part of the biggest urology team in the North West thanks to its unique collaboration with Stepping Hill and provides specialist support, including diagnostic and some treatment to patients with prostate cancer before, during and after their treatment. Patients are assigned a key worker for the duration of their treatment. The specialist nurse helps patients come to terms with their diagnosis and offers reassurance and practical support throughout their treatment and follow-up.
Manchester City legend and club ambassador Mike Summerbee was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year after attending a men’s health awareness event as a celebrity speaker. He was treated by Mr Brough and also benefited from the vital support offered by urology cancer nurse specialist Kerry Fallon.
“Our patients are at the centre of everything we do and, as nurses, we help them through every step of their treatment,” said Kerry, who has worked at Tameside Hospital for 13 years. “We know from the feedback we receive from our patients that one-to-one support it vital to their recovery.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. There are often no signs or symptoms and there is little awareness of a disease that kills 10,000 men in the UK every year.
Following his experience of the disease, Mike is now helping other Tameside Hospital patients as part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which runs throughout March. He recently attended the local Drolysden Prostate Cancer Support Group which provides help, support and information to people who are affected by prostate cancer.
Mike said: “I was glad to be able to share my experiences with the support group that is helping a lot of men deal with their cancer treatment and recovery.
“Like many of those who were at the meeting, I had no symptoms and was unaware there was anything wrong. It was only by chance that I had the Prostate Specific Antigen blood test while attending an event that led to my cancer being diagnosed.
“Prostate cancer is not something to be afraid of. Although it can be difficult to identify, men need to be aware of any changes in their body and I would urge anyone to get themselves tested.”