Toowoomba prostate patients get extra care

FROM diagnosis through to survival, the region's first prostate cancer nurse Jo Hiscock will be there.

The prostate cancer specialist nursing program has been jointly funded by It's A Bloke Thing foundation and ManUp! and will help patients like Cooyar's Les Turner who was diagnosed in December.

"When I had my operation to have my prostate removed they couldn't do it for some reason," Mr Turner said.

"The doctor did explain to me in his terms, not my terms and really not knowing is worse than knowing sometimes.

"If she (Ms Hiscock) had been there and able to explain it to me and my wife, things would have been a lot better."

The region's first prostate cancer nurse Jo Hiscock (right) with prostate cancer patient Les Turner at Toowoomba Hospital.
The region's first prostate cancer nurse Jo Hiscock (right) with prostate cancer patient Les Turner at Toowoomba Hospital. Amy Lyne

Ms Hiscock said her role would add an extra layer of support for men who have had a diagnosis as well as their families and friends.

"They have worries right through diagnosis through treatment options," she said.

"We are not here to make any decisions for the men, we are here to guide them through their disease trajectory."

Ms Hiscock will spend two days at Toowoomba Hospital, two days at St Andrews and one day travelling around the catchment area of 170,000 men including Toowoomba and as far as Kingaroy, Chareville and Moree.


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