ORCHID MALE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
April 7th - 13th 2014
Asda man up for male cancer and raise over £400,000!
A BIG THANK YOU to all Asda Colleagues who got involved in 2013 and helped raised an amazing £409,354. Congratulations to Asda Top Fundraisers, Carol from Wakefield Depot, Moira from Wigan Depot, Rhoda from North East Clothing, Jo from Pwllheli and Val from Llangefni.
Launch of Orchid’s Travel and Study Awards 2014
Orchid is pleased to launch Travel and Study Awards 2014 for young researchers and healthcare professionals working in the area of male cancers. Grants of up to £1,000 are designed to support ongoing professional development and can be used to contribute to the costs of registration, travel and accommodation at approved meetings or conferences. Further information on the Awards and an application form can be found in our Research Programme section or at http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/346/Research-Grants
‘It’s All About Cancer’ by Julie Romani.
Best–selling author Julie Romani sadly lost her husband, Joe, to cancer on 13 January 2011. Following the initial diagnosis, they set out on a journey of discovery to defy the terminal prognosis of two to five years. This new book is the culmination of their findings, both medical and alternative, the story of their love, joys and heartaches threaded through the pages. You can order the book on Julie Romani's website at www.itsallaboutcancer.co.uk.
Orchid’s response to the recent advert ‘I Wish I had Testicular Cancer’
A cancer diagnosis of any type is traumatic for patients and their families, and we are concerned at any message which implies that contracting one form of cancer is better than contracting another. Six men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every day in the UK and the impact of the disease on their lives and the lives of people who care for them should not be underestimated. The high cure rate does not reflect the intensive treatment of chemotherapy and invasive surgery which many young men experience. This is particularly relevant where cancer has spread beyond the testicle or returns at a later date. It can take as long as two years to recover from treatment and men may face greater risk of therapy related complications. The emotional and psychological adjustment can often prove equally demanding for both patient and family members.
Orchid is supportive of any campaign designed to raise awareness of cancer inequalities however we are disappointed that a charity would choose to suggest that one type of cancer is preferable to another. This is unhelpful and distressing for patients and their families. The 5 year survival rates for testicular cancer are the highest of the 21 common cancers in England due in part to increased awareness and earlier diagnosis. The work of all cancer charities is vital for raising awareness, funding research and campaigning for equality of care. Collectively, cancer charities are making and will continue to make a difference.
Orchid is the only UK charity that focuses solely on supporting men with testicular, prostate and penile cancer. For more information or to speak to a specialist male cancer nurse visit http://www.orchid-cancer.org.uk/. Our testicular cancer microsite features personal experiences from men diagnosed with the disease http://www.yourprivates.org.uk/