WHAT IS THE PROSTATE CANCER INSTITUTE (PCI)

The PCI is both a physical site and a model of care. The PCI is located within the Division of Cancer Services at St George Hospital, Kogarah in Sydney. At the PCI, men with prostate cancer receive individual assessment, discussion and treatment according to the nature of their type of prostate cancer. Men, and their families, can expect holistic care and management by a team of health care professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes following a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Apart from medical intervention, men are supported by prostate nurses, genetic counsellors, dieticians and psychologists. Medical members of the PCI include surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists. An endocrinologist deals with hormonal aspects of the disease and its treatment.

Why Develop a PCI?

The reasons are simple and are outlined as follows:

1. The male population is ageing rapidly, and the risk of prostate cancer is also likely to rise rapidly in the future.

2. Many younger men (< 50 years of age) are now being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

3. The chance of detecting prostate cancer at an early, and curable, stage is improving due to the sensitive PSA blood test. Many men, especially younger men, will die from prostate cancer without early detection and effective curative intervention.

4. Many advances have occurred recently in the curative treatment of prostate cancer by either surgery, radiotherapy or drug therapy. A team approach to management where patients receive individual attention has been shown in other cancers to result in better health outcomes.

5. The incidence and mortality from prostate cancer in Australia is identical to breast cancer in women. Early detection of breast cancer in women, and more effective treatments, have led to a steady improvement in survival and reduced mortality.