Guest Speaker Report.

February 2019 Meeting

Lisa Maunsell, one of the Health Promotion Officers from the Continence Foundation of Australia in Sydney, kindly joined us on 12 February.

Continence issues of both bowel and bladder can, all too often, be of concern to men during and after their treatment for Prostate Cancer. However, the condition also affects the wider community with an estimated 25% of the population over the age of 15 years experiencing some degree of incontinence.

Lisa gave an overview of the work of the Continence Foundation of Australia in raising awareness and advocating on behalf of people with bladder and bowel control problems. Advocacy is so important since it is said that 70% of people do not discuss their condition but instead suffer in silence. However, with the correct help, most cases can be cured or at least better managed.

From a men’s health and convenience perspective Lisa proposed disposal bins for used pads be placed in men’s toilets, just as they are in the ladies room.

The Continence Foundation web site has a wealth of information and video clips and some posters and publications were left for our library. Further copies can be ordered online. Sponsored by the Foundation is a “public toilet map” showing 1400 locations together with opening times and wheelchair access availability. For a fee, it is possible to buy a key for after-hours access.

The National Continence Helpline is 1800 33 0066

A follow up meeting is planned to include physiotherapy techniques for the strengthening of pelvic floor muscles.

March Meeting

On 12th March our Guest Speaker is Meryln Joseph, a volunteer nurse working with the MERCY SHIPS organisation. We routinely and without thinking go to see the doctor, have some blood taken for analysis with the result coming back in a few days and maybe see a specialist physician and have a nuclear medicine scan. All quite normal! But what if you lived in some place where these facilities were either too costly or too far away or simply not available? And when it comes to things like removal of facial tumours and correction of physical deformities the only hope lies in the arrival into port of Mercy Ships whose motto is “Bringing Hope and Healing”

Whilst in port, specialist surgeons fly in and out whilst nursing staff stay for a minimum 2 weeks, the ship being a fully staffed and self-sufficient hospital with volunteer cooks, cleaners and deck crew etc.

Featuring on TV documentaries, and news channels this organisation is definitely worthy of our support and admiration.

Come along on 12th March and hear the whole story first hand from a highly respected volunteer nurse.

Social Outing

At the March meeting, we will pass around a sheet to gauge support for another social outing. Please indicate your preference (First 1, Second 2, Third 3.etc.) together with name(s).
Lunch Cruise on Lake Macquarie. 12 noon – 2.30pm.

Sat.and Sun. until end June. $59 / $54. Board at Awaba House
CHRISTMAS in July Lunch Cruise on Lake Macquarie. 11am – 2pm
Tuesday and Friday in July. $63 / $59
Historic Morpeth. May 8th. and 22nd., June 6th. and 20th.
8hours including 1.5 hour lunch stop at Morpeth. $89 / $84.
Hunter River Discovery Tour to Raymond Terrace for lunch.
Sunday May 12th., 19th. and 26th. 10am to 3.30 pm. $74 / $69.
Lunch included.

Newcastle Whale Watch
Numerous dates in June, July and August. 10am to 12.30pm.
$65 / $60.
Morning / Afternoon tea and snacks available
For more information see the Nova Cruises brochure or web site.

Another proposal from Bob McGregor is a trip on the Hawkesbury River Post Boat, details from Bob


Received by Jim Newton and presented at the meeting was a donation of $400.00 from the TERALBA CRAFT AND BEARS GROUP.

The donation is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use in attracting to our group those men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and to those already working their way through the disease. Thanks to Sylvia, Shirley and all members of Teralba Craft and Bears.

Mike Seddon : On behalf of Guest Speakers.
Mobile : 0419 599 230 email : [email protected]


A HPCSG Committee meeting was recently held, at which Terry Wheeler provided the following news for distribution to the Group.

Terry Wheeler Resignation – Hunter Prostate Cancer Support Group

Dear Committee and Group Members

I have been a member of the Group since 2004 and in that time have held the positions of Secretary, Group Leader and Chapter Councillor PCFA.

It has been a great honour to be considered worthy of working in these positions for a Support Group so highly regarded and respected in our community.

Regretfully, I am slowing up and for personal reasons am finding it increasingly difficult to continue to be motivated.

I retired from and returned to Leadership roles within the Group on the proviso that a Management team be formed to share responsibilities with a view in mind that I would be stepping down in the near future.

The Committee has now been together for three years and has been very successful.

Thank you Jim, Mike, Brendon, John and Bob for what you have done for the Group over that time.

Please accept my resignation as of today 27 February 2019.

Footnote: As HPCSG Editor, I wish to thank Terry for his leadership, friendship, support and guidance whilst in his varied roles within the Group. I wish Terry and Dianne the very best of health and happiness into the future and hope to see them both on an ongoing basis at our Group meetings.

Our Chairperson receives a major award

By John Leeks

On 26 January 2019, Terry Wheeler, one of the founders of this Group, was honoured with an Order of Australia medal for his service to community health.

At the time of receiving his extremely well-deserved award, he was the Chairperson of this Group and is still extremely active in increasing the awareness and support for people affected by prostate cancer in the hunter and elsewhere in New South Wales. He has volunteered his services at many levels at the Cancer Council, at many symposia and forum after forum, he regularly attends the Mater Hospital and helps provide information services and counselling to newly diagnosed cancer sufferers.

Terry has been aided in this work by his wife, Dianne, and we would like to thank Terry and Dianne for their commitment to helping people along their Prostate Cancer journey.

Well deserved and well done Terry


Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements (PDQ®)

Patient Version

PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board-America Published online: January 18, 2019.

This PDQ cancer information summary has current information about the use of nutrition and dietary supplements for reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer. It is meant to inform and help patients, families, and caregivers. It does not give formal guidelines or recommendations for making decisions about health care.

Editorial Boards write the PDQ cancer information summaries and keep them up to date. These Boards are made up of experts in cancer treatment and other specialities related to cancer. The summaries are reviewed regularly and changes are made when there is new information. The date on each summary (“Date Last Modified”) is the date of the most recent change. The information in this patient summary was taken from the health professional version, which is reviewed regularly and updated as needed, by the PDQ Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board.


Men in the United States get prostate cancer more than any other type of cancer except skin cancer. It is found mainly in older men. In the United States, about one out of five men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die of it.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a form of treatment used in addition to (complementary) or instead of (alternative) standard treatments. CAM treatments generally are not considered standard treatments. Standard treatments go through a long and careful research process to prove they are safe and effective, but less is known about most types of CAM treatments.

CAM use among prostate cancer patients is common. Studies of why prostate cancer patients decide to use CAM show that their choice is based on medical history, beliefs about the safety and side effects of CAM compared to standard treatments, and need to feel in control of their treatment. .

CAM treatments used by prostate cancer patients include certain foods, dietary supplements, herbs, vitamins, and minerals.

This PDQ summary has sections for specific foods and dietary supplements used by prostate cancer patients to prevent or treat prostate cancer:

1. Calcium

2. Green Tea

3. Lycopene

4. Modified Citrus Pectin

5. Pomegranate

6. Selenium

7. Soy

8. Vitamin D

9. Vitamin E

10. Combination Therapies

11. Other Prostate Health Supplements

Overview of CAM Use in Prostate Cancer

Studies of CAM use to treat prostate cancer have shown the following:

Men who have prostate cancer are more likely to take dietary supplements than men who do not have prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer patients with healthy eating habits (for example, eating lots of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vegetables) are more likely to take dietary supplements.

Prostate cancer patients use CAM treatments to help boost the immune system, improve quality of life, and lower the risk of cancer coming back, but only half of them tell their doctors about their use of CAM.

Studies of CAM use to lower prostate cancer risk or to prevent it from coming back have shown the following:

A study of men with a family history of prostate cancer found that over half used vitamins or other dietary supplements for prostate health or to prevent cancer.

A study of men at a prostate cancer screening clinic found that over half took multivitamins and some took herbal supplements.

A study of prostate cancer survivors found that up to one-third took vitamins or minerals.

See the PDQ summary on Prostate Cancer Prevention for more information on prostate cancer prevention.

Note from Editor – as this is a lengthy report, I have extracted some relevant information relating to the first 2 alternative treatments from the list above.

Questions and Answers About Calcium

What is calcium?

Calcium is a mineral that is needed for a basic blood vessel, muscle, and nerve functions, cell-to-cell signalling, and hormone release. It is the most common mineral in the body. The body stores calcium mainly in bone tissue.

How is calcium given or taken?

The main sources of calcium are in foods and dietary supplements. About one-third of dietary calcium comes from milk and milk products like cheese and yoghurt. Vegetable sources include Chinese cabbage, kale, and broccoli. Foods may have calcium added, such as fruit juices and drinks, tofu, and cereals.

Most research about calcium and prostate cancer risk has studied calcium in the diet and not calcium in supplements.

Have any studies of calcium been done in people?

Studies of people in many parts of the world have been done to find out if there is a link between dairy products, calcium, and prostate cancer risk.

Population studies

Population studies of dairy products, dietary calcium, and prostate cancer risk have shown mixed results. Age, body mass index and other nutrients in dairy products may affect study results.

Combined studies

A 2005 review found a possible link between an increased risk of prostate cancer and a diet high in dairy products and calcium.

A review of cohort studies published between 1996 and 2006 found that milk and dairy products in the diet did increase the risk of prostate cancer.

A 2008 review of 45 observational studies found no link between dairy products and the risk of prostate cancer.

A 2013 review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found that taking Vitamin D and/or calcium supplements showed no overall effect on rates of cancer or deaths from cancer, including prostate cancer.

A 2015 review of 32 cohort studies found that high amounts of milk, low-fat milk, cheese, total dietary calcium, and dairy calcium in the diet may increase the risk of prostate cancer. Calcium supplements and non-dairy calcium were not linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Is calcium approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a cancer treatment in the United States?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the use of calcium as a treatment for cancer.

The FDA does not approve dietary supplements as safe or effective. The company that makes the dietary supplements is responsible for making sure that they are safe and that the claims on the label are true and do not mislead the consumer. The way that supplements are made is not regulated, so all batches and brands of calcium supplements may not be the same.

Questions and Answers About Green Tea

What is green tea?

Tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. The way tea leaves are processed determines the type of tea produced.

Health benefits studied in green tea are thought to be from compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are a large group of plant chemicals that include catechins (antioxidants that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals). Catechins make up most of the polyphenols in green tea.

Catechins in green tea can vary widely, depending on the source of the tea leaves and the way they are processed. This makes most of the chemical factors linked to the health benefits of green tea hard to identify.

Some studies suggest that green tea may protect against cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, including prostate cancer. There is not enough evidence to show if green tea can prevent or treat prostate cancer.

Have any studies of green tea been done in people?

Population studies and clinical trials have been done to find out if green tea can prevent or treat prostate cancer. Results have been mixed.

Population studies

• Overall, population studies suggest that green tea may help protect against prostate cancer in Asian populations. Prostate cancer deaths in Asia are among the lowest in the world. As more people drink green tea worldwide, including in the United States, more population studies will help find out if green tea or green tea catechins helps protect against prostate cancer.

Further reading:

NOTE: HPCSG Editor is not a health professional and bears no responsibility to any claims held within any publications and articles mentioned. Please discuss and seek advice from your own preferred health professional regarding any information or interest found in any article

Stoney Creek 3 ball Golf Classic

WHERE – Various Golf Clubs around Australia including Inverell Golf Club.

The Stoney Creek 3 ball Golf Classic is the new Ultimate Golf Challenge where three mates take on the might of the golf course in a team effort that could see them battling out the Final at one of Australia’s top golf courses.

WHEN – Inverell event: 23rd March 2019


The Long Ride – May 2019 ong-ride-2019

The PCFA Larapinta Trek

When: 3 – 8 May 2019

Where:  Larapinta NT

Further details in newsletter

4th Biennial Dine & Dance for a Cure

WHEN: Saturday 18th May 2019 -6:30pm

WHERE: Canada Bay Club, Five Dock