MSP to host Lothian summit on prostate cancer care

Green MSP Alison Johnstone is holding a public meeting in Edinburgh to identify the standards of care that people affected by prostate cancer deserve at every stage of their journey.

The meeting will be an opportunity for local people affected by prostate cancer, health professionals and politicians to share their understanding of what high quality care for people affected by the disease should look like. The meeting will also help The Prostate Cancer
Charity develop a national set of standards of quality prostate cancer care.

The meeting will be held at The Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh on Tuesday 28th February 10am-12 noon.

Alison Johnstone, Lothian’s Green MSP said:

“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Scotland. 2,700 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and two men die of the disease every day. It’s essential that we know exactly what people affected by the disease require and expect from our health service.

“I am therefore delighted to be working with The Prostate Cancer Charity on this important initiative to identify standards of quality care. I encourage anyone in Lothians with direct or indirect experience of prostate cancer to attend the meeting.”

Dr Sarah Cant, Head of Policy and Campaigns at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said:

“It is fantastic that Alison Johnstone MSP is showing her support for men and their families affected by prostate cancer. We hope many more people in Lothian get involved to help us develop a robust understanding of what high quality prostate cancer care looks like.

“Whilst there have been many positive developments in prostate cancer treatment and care over recent years, we also know that many men deserve a lot better than they currently get. We will share our findings with the Scottish Government to help bring about the speedy
development of clear quality standards that all men with prostate cancer can expect to receive. Men deserve the best, and The Prostate Cancer Charity is determined to ensure that’s exactly what they receive.”

Anyone who wishes to attend the meetings should contact Lauren Davies at The Prostrate Cancer Charity: lauren.davies@prostate-cancer.org.uk