Cancer survivors face many emotional, psychological and practical day-to-day demands on top of the physical impacts of the disease and its treatment. In 2018 it is estimated that 74,644 males will be diagnosed with cancer in Australia and as more people are surviving a cancer diagnosis the need to provide support is ever increasing. We discuss the psychological and social issues facing men in Australia including the cultural expectations affecting them.
Matt runs a successful workplace coaching and consulting practice with his wife Liz, and so being diagnosed with prostate cancer at 49 years of age resulted in sleepless nights about many things. The experience of his diagnosis, treatment and recovery was difficult, not just for him but also for his family. Matt’s cancer experience has led him to making much healthier work and life choices. He has a degree in Psychology and is an Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership accredited workplace coach. Matt volunteers with the Cancer Council Connect program, providing peer to peer telephone support.
Ray has worked in the field of cancer services since 1994. He has worked primarily as a clinical social worker in haematology and has held positions in community development and team leadership in Oncology Social Work. Ray’s interests include community engagement in the development of cancer support services and research into the lived experience of cancer patients who have undergone treatment for haematological malignancies. Ray is currently employed as Deputy Head of Social Work and Senior Haematology Social Worker at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.
Dr Ben Britton
Dr Ben Britton is a Senior Clinical and Health Psychologist at the Calvary Mater and John Hunter hospitals in Newcastle. His clinical work involves helping cancer patients and their families adjust to the emotional, social and psychological changes caused by a diagnosis of cancer. Ben’s research interests focus on the translation of evidence-based psychological interventions, difficult-to-treat populations, and new areas of intervention to promote health behaviour changes.