Monday, October 25, 2021
LEADING LONDON UROLOGICAL ONCOLOGIST IS RAISING MONEY FOR PROSTATE CANCER
Words by Christine Roberts, MBE.
The Hyperion House Care Home in Fairford is supporting The Royal Marsden Hospital, which has been leading cancer research and treatment since 1851 and is the world’s first hospital dedicated to cancer research, treatment, diagnosis and education.
The excellent work done at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London has been witnessed firsthand by Masood Moghul, a director of Diva Care Limited that owns Hyperion House. Masood said: “Many of us have lost loved ones to cancer, including some of the Hyperion’s own family of staff and residents.”
Masood, a Urology Registrar, has been working with world-leading prostate cancer specialist Declan Cahill, and is now supporting Declan in his campaign to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity to fund research into the early detection of prostate cancer as well as other male health issues.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the UK, with over 47,000 new cases diagnosed and 15,000 lives lost to prostate cancer in the UK each year. In 25% of cases, men only seek medical help when their cancer is at an advanced stage. This means that treatment is less likely to be successful and will almost certainly carry more risk of morbidity for the patient and cost more for the health care system.
One way to encourage more men to seek an early diagnosis of prostate cancer is through the ‘ManVan’ project, which seeks to address some of the reasons why men delay seeking help from their doctor. It enables patients to access medical treatment earlier and provides an environment where seeking advice on men’s health issues is less daunting, more normal and easily accessible.
Some of the money raised by Declan for The Royal Marsden will include funding for the ‘ManVan, which will initially be set up as a pilot project and run in southwest London. Eventually, it is hoped that the ‘ManVan’ project may become something that all hospitals can roll out.
Declan, who is the lead for Urological Oncology at The Royal Marsden, is joining 44 members of his local HEX gym to compete in ‘Battle Cancer’ – a Cross Fit competition to raise money for ‘The Urology Research Fund’ within The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
“This charity is close to the hearts of many members at HEX, who either work at The Royal Marsden or have had friends or family treated at the hospital,” explained Declan. “I’ve been training with HEX for three years. They are a great team and have chosen to support this cancer research project. The money will be well spent without waste.”
Declan’s fundraising page can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/declancahill
A total of £46,000 has been raised to date [31/10/21], and more funds are welcomed to help roll out the ManVan project… at ManDad; we love the idea of ManVan!
We wrote in Issue 5 of ManDad Magazine about Men’s health and looked at some of the reasons for Men not accessing healthcare – this would certainly help solve a few problems and provide Men with an opportunity to engage with potential lifesaving diagnoses!