A heartfelt message from Dr John Bolt
For more than 30 years, I have had the privilege of working with the RAH Urology unit, an incredible team dedicated to the health and wellbeing of South Australian men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over the many years we have been treating men with prostate cancer at the RAH, we have learnt a great deal about the disease. But as with all cancers, we still need more answers, urgently.
We must continue our pioneering work and lead the way with diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer – but we can only do this with your support.
For the last 15 years, the RAH has provided the largest volume of prostate cancer treatment in South Australia, as well as a comprehensive, state-wide radiotherapy service. But every day, more new cases arrive.
This is why I asked the RAH Research Fund for help with a Fellowship position for the Urology unit. We need to add a full-time Research Fellowship position to our Urology team, to improve treatment outcomes for prostate cancer sufferers.
Treatment for prostate cancer is never simple. It is dependent on the stage of the disease, the location of the cancer, the severity of symptoms and the health and wellbeing of each patient. Without tailored treatment, lives are at risk. When an aggressive cancer is found, immediate, active treatment is needed. But some men who present with early, low grade cancers do not need initial treatment. Their cancer is monitored instead. While this preserves quality of life, there is ongoing uncertainty.