The Province has provided $6 million to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to support the Vancouver Prostate Centre in expanding its Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program throughout British Columbia.
“As a prostate cancer survivor, I know that being diagnosed with cancer is a shock for anyone and having supports in place can make a big impact on one’s emotional and physical well-being,” said Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender, who made the announcement on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake. “The Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program has helped over 1,300 men learn about available treatment options, their side effects and how to cope with the psychological impact of living with cancer. It’s great to see this important program expand to additional communities in B.C.”
Supported in part through provincial funding, the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program will be implemented in Surrey, Prince George, Victoria and Kelowna. The provincial funding is also going towards the development of online materials to help men in communities who may not be able to physically access the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program sites.