Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has pledged to support the swift implementation of a Prostate Cancer UK initiative to help men in Scotland with prostate cancer receive the best possible care and support, regardless of where they live.
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. The evidence so far highlights that despite recent improvements, there are gaps in the provision of information and support men with prostate cancer receive.
Initial findings from the survey show that almost all men with prostate cancer questioned (91%) were not offered a written assessment and care plan, and that three quarters (74%) were not given information on available financial help.
Over half (55%)were not given written information on the type of cancer they had, and 4 out of 5 (59%) felt they did not have the potential side effects of treatment explained to them in an understandable way.
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.
Stewart Stevenson MSP showed his support for the Quality Checklist at a recent campaigning event held at Holyrood where Mr Stevenson met with people affected by prostate cancer from across the country.
Further information on Prostate Cancer UK can be found at their website: www.prostatecanceruk.org.