Newswire (Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Received: Friday, February 24, 2017, 12:49:03 AM CST)

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By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Fresh data on Oncology - Prostate Cancer are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Fortitude Valley, Australia, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Across Australia, prostate cancer support groups (PCSG) have emerged to fill a gap in psychosocial care for men and their families. However, an understanding of the triggers and influencers of the PCSG movement is absent."

Financial supporters for this research include Australian Research Council, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Cancer Council, "We interviewed 21 SG leaders (19 PC survivors, two partners), of whom six also attended a focus group, about motivations, experiences, past and future challenges in founding and leading PCSGs. Thematic analysis identified four global themes: illness experience; enacting a supportive response; forming a national collective and challenges. Leaders described men's feelings of isolation and neglect by the health system as the impetus for PCSGs to form and give/receive mutual help. Negotiating health care systems was an early challenge. National affiliation enabled leaders to build a united voice in the health system and establish a group identity and collective voice. Affiliation was supported by a symbiotic relationship with tensions between independence, affiliation and governance. Future challenges were group sustainability and inclusiveness. Study findings describe how a grassroots PCSG movement arose consistent with an embodied health movement perspective."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Health care organisations who seek to leverage these community resources need to be cognisant of SG values and purpose if they are to negotiate effective partnerships that maximise mutual benefit."

For more information on this research see: Advocacy, support and survivorship in prostate cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2017;():. (Wiley-Blackwell -; European Journal of Cancer Care -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Dunn, Cancer Council Queensland, Fortitude Valley, Qld, Australia. Additional authors for this research include C. Casey, D. Sandoe, M.K. Hyde, M.C. Cheron-Sauer, A. Lowe, J.L. Oliffe and S.K Chambers.

Keywords for this news article include: Oncology, Prostate Cancer, Fortitude Valley, Prostatic Neoplasms, Australia and New Zealand.

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