Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
23 March 2015 08:51
A charity has called for more support for people living with prostate cancer
More support is needed for the 30,000 men who are living with terminal prostate cancer in the UK, a new report says.
The number of patients with advanced and incurable prostate cancer is estimated to be a third higher than the equivalent for breast and bowel cancer, according to charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Research suggests that a man with advanced prostate cancer can now expect to survive an average of four years after being diagnosed. However, 84% will have at least one other serious health condition that will further affect their quality of life.
When someone is undergoing treatment or post-treatment for prostate cancer it can also be difficult getting travel insurance for a holiday abroad, but patients can arrange specialist cancer cover.
What Macmillan Cancer Support says
Jane Maher, joint chief medical officer at Macmillan Cancer Support, welcomes the news that survival rates are improving but stresses that people with advanced prostate cancer still need the support of the healthcare system even when the majority of their treatment is over.
"With the ongoing development of a cancer strategy for England and the imminent general election, this is the time for key decision makers to commit to prioritising cancer care and supporting people living with the disease to lead healthy and fulfilling lives after treatment," she says.
How one man lives with prostate cancer
In 2012, Bill Dodwell was diagnosed with advanced incurable prostate cancer.
The 61-year-old from Kidderminster says he found it extremely difficult to accept his fate when his oncologist told him he had around five years to live, but intends to make the most of the time he has.
One of the most difficult things he has to live with is the side-effects from the hormone therapy he receives to prevent the cancer from spreading any further in his body.
"I get hot flushes, suffer from fatigue, aching bones, and am now impotent without any sex drive. It's hard to deal with all this on a daily basis without it really affecting your morale," he says.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.
09 September 2016
People travelling to regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak should practise safe sex for at least half a year upon their return, health leaders say.
08 September 2016
British Airways is apologising to passengers for delays after an IT glitch hit check-in systems.
07 September 2016
Tiny particles that are breathed in and taken into the brain through air pollution could trigger Alzheimer's disease, research finds.