If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, or have other urological problems and concerns, you will most likely need access to a range of support services from allied health professionals. You might need psychological support to deal with a recent diagnosis or coping with pain, you might need help with recovery from surgery by a physiotherapist or some help getting active with exercise physiology. Our allied health staff are here to support you on your journey and to assist you with feeling your best.
All of our practitioners have specific experience in treating issues relating to urology and prostate cancer.
Exercise physiologists specialise in prescribing and monitoring exercise for people with chronic conditions. Prostate cancer therapy can affect men in different ways, and exercises can help deal with side effects of treatment including fatigue, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, weight changes, mood changes, muscle and joint pain and impaired memory.
You can see our in-house exercise physiology team for one on one sessions and group exercise sessions in our gym. Sessions can be bulked if an appropriate GP care plan is in place. Speak to one of our team members or reception to find out more.
You are well cared for by APC’s nursing staff. Our nurses are specialised in urology and related fields and provide you with individualised care and support throughout your time with APC.
Nursing lead clinics
Post-Prostate Cancer Surgery
Testicular Cancer Surveillance
Catheter Care (change and insertion of)
Specialist Consulting and Education
The nerves responsible for erections lie very close to the prostate, and can be traumatised or damaged during surgery or radiotherapy. Hormone treatment lowers testosterone levels which can also impact on sexual drive, libido and sexual function.
While not all men will develop sexual dysfunction after treatment for prostate cancer, some men may experience one or more of the following issues:
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
- Change in penile length or shape
- Reduced libido
- Depression/anxiety/frustration with sexual function
- Urine leakage during arousal/orgasm
- Perceived loss of masculinity/ manhood
- Loss of intimacy
Sexual Function Clinic.
The Sexual Dysfunction Clinic is here to support and advise all patients who have sexual dysfunction following prostate cancer treatment. Partners are encouraged to attend the clinic to learn and share the decision making on treatment options.
What to expect.
Once you book your appointment, a specialist team for Sexual Dysfunction will help you in the areas of education, support and expert advice on what you can do to manage any problems.
Coping with what’s ahead
A cancer diagnosis affects us mentally as well as physically. To support you better, APC have specialist psychologist services available to all patients from the point of diagnosis right through to recovery.
Sessions with your Psychologist will provide you with an opportunity to think about your diagnosis, process your emotions, and maintain well- being in the face of change.
Pelvic Pain Clinic
The Pelvic Pain Clinic is a multi- disciplinary clinic specialising?in the assessment and treatment of chronic pelvic pain.
If you have had pain in your pelvis for more than a few months (including pain in the penis, anus, testicles, groin, lower abdomen or buttocks), or if you have been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain syndrome or chronic prostatitis, talk to us about making an appointment.
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapists specialise in the treatment of incontinence, bladder or bowel problems and pelvic pain. Pelvic floor physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques, including training the pelvic floor muscles, education regarding healthy bladder and bowel habits, and lifestyle advice.
Pelvic Floor Physios – who benefits?
- Men diagnosed with prostate cancer for exercises before and after surgery.
- Men and women with urinary incontinence or bladder problems
- Men and women with bowel incontinence or bowel problems
- People suffering chronic pelvic pain
What to expect.
Once you make your appointment, your therapist will ask you questions about your bladder or bowel function, assess your pelvic floor muscles to make sure you are contracting them properly, and create an individualised pelvic floor exercise program to help with any concerns.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone therapy, called Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT), is used to reduce the level of testosterone in your body, to shrink or slow the growth of any cancer calls. While the therapy does work to fight cancer cells, it can cause some side effects.
Side effects of ADT
- Unusual tiredness • Muscle and bone loss • Cardiovascular disease • Weight gain?• Reduced sexual drive • Mood changes• Hot flushes
The ADT clinic can help.
If you are on hormone therapy, the ADT clinic at APC can help prevent or at least manage any side effects that you may experience.
What to expect?
Once you make your appointment, you have a team of specialists, including a nurse, GP and Exercise Physiologist to provide you with knowledge on ADT and the potential side effects. After a comprehensive health assessment, an individual exercise program will be created to help combat some of the issues you may have.