Guest Speaker Report for AUGUST 2018  Newsletter.

July Meeting

Troy Sykes, Centre Leader from Genesis Cancer Care joined us once again to talk about their services in Radiation Therapy and Medical Oncology with support from Psychologists, exercise physiologists and palliative care staff. Employing 2500 professionals and support staff through the UK, Australia and Spain Genesis provide radiotherapy at Gateshead Private Hospital and operate in 17 other facilities around Australia. For external beam radiation of the prostate, they use the VMAT equipment which rotates automatically around the patient without the need to stop and refocus together with the spaceOAR technology which pushes away and shields the rectum. Another major goal is to reduce treatment session times and overall duration as much as possible

Troy talked about the costs involved in having treatment at Gateshead Private and mentioned that radiotherapy is a day procedure and comes under certain Medicare rules. Anyone seeking treatment is encouraged to discuss their particular situation directly with Genesis.

Troy kindly left a copy of his presentation which is available to all and their website is well worth a look at and has contact details.










Troy with Mike Seddon


Associate Professor Erica James. School of Medicine and Public Health. UON

Erica makes a return visit on 14 August and has provided the following background on which her talk will be based and, as always, we can look forward to an informative, entertaining and upbeat presentation.

In 2007, the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute of Cancer Research published the landmark Second Expert Report: Food, Nutrition, Physical activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective. In total, about 200 scientists and other experts from around the world were involved. The objective of the report was to systematically review and assess the worldwide body of evidence on food, nutrition, physical activity and 17 cancers and cancer survivors. Nine independent research teams identified 500,000 studies, of which 7,000 were found to be relevant. An Expert Panel of 21 world-renowned scientists reviewed the findings and made judgements based on the evidence. This comprehensive review resulted in the setting of public health goals and personal recommendations for cancer prevention. Since the report was published the same group have been conducting continuous updates using the same rigorous methodologies of the original report. Later this month, the 3rd Expert Report will be released. This report will include updated Cancer Prevention Recommendations based on the most up-to-date and scientifically rigorous evidence.

Erica will provide a summary of the new recommendations and how they are relevant for you and your family.

Questions are always welcome and your participation encourages our guest speakers. You can ask in person, leave a note in the Suggestion Box or if you wish to contact a committee member to take a note of your question


Future Programme

September 11th.

A/Professor David Smith

Cancer Council Sydney


Still to come: Psycho Oncology, Prof. Denham Survivorship Part 2 and 3, Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses and a Speaker from the recent Men’s Health Forum.


Mike Seddon: On behalf of Guest Speakers.

Mobile: 0419 599 230

email: [email protected]


Gillette Survey Reveals Men Ignore Health Risks

Author: MOVEMBER       DATE: 18 JUNE 2018

As reported over the weekend in The Independent, The Sun and The Mirror, Gillette commissioned a survey to mark their partnership with the Movember Foundation and to raise awareness of Men’s Health Week which ran from 11th June up until Father’s Day on 17th June.

The survey of 1,000 men aimed at identifying some of the key issues guys face when it comes to their physical health found that nearly a third admit they bury their head in the sand regarding their health and that they are avoiding visiting the doctor as they don’t see it as important.

The study revealed three quarters (75%) will put off going to the doctors when showing signs of illness, with a quarter of guys saying it’s because they don’t have the time and 38.78% saying it’s because they don’t think it’s important. Moreover, two-fifths don’t think it’s necessary to get a check-up and nearly one in five believe they are healthy and therefore don’t have to worry.

Thank you to Ken Mortenson for the above.

The following article was found by the Editor, based on the information kindly provided above by Brad Scott


New prostate cancer study comparing open and robotic surgery surprises experts

At last, there is guidance for men contemplating surgery for prostate cancer.

It has been provided by Queensland researchers who, in a world first, have just published a high-level comparison of traditional open surgery and robotic surgery.

Published in the Lancet Oncology, it is a comparison in which people can have confidence.

It found that over two years both forms of surgery produced equivalent results for preserving erectile function and urinary continence – two big concerns for men contemplating a radical prostatectomy.

Further reading:



A Guide to Button TURP for Enlarged Prostate Button TURP and the prostate

Having an enlarged prostate gland is part of growing older. As the prostate grows, it becomes harder for men to urinate and fully empty the bladder. This leads to more frequent and urgent bathroom trips and even sometimes overflow urine incontinence. Fortunately, there are several effective treatment options, including medications and surgeries that can shrink the prostate and relieve urinary symptoms. The most common surgery used to treat an enlarged prostate is called transurethral resection of the prostate, also called TURP for short.

TURP has been around for a long time. It has a solid track record but can have associated side effects perioperatively. These include low sodium levels in the blood, also known as hyponatremia, as well as bleeding.

A newer version of the procedure called “button TURP” is now available. Button TURP offers men an alternative to TURP, but is it safer or more effective

What is button TURP?

Button TURP, also called bipolar cautery vaporization, is a newer, less invasive variation of the procedure. Instead of a wire loop on the end of the scope, the surgeon uses a device with a small, button-shaped tip to vaporize prostate tissue.

Button TURP uses low-temperature plasma energy, instead of heat or electrical energy, to remove prostate tissue. Once the extra tissue is removed, the area around it is sealed off to prevent bleeding.

Button, or bipolar, TURP is an umbrella term for a number of different treatments that aim to achieve the same overall outcome, but with different tools, techniques, or device manufactures.

Any procedure that uses an electrode “button” with bipolar vaporization is a button procedure. Innovations in the procedure involve modifying the shape of the button or making slight changes to the surgical techniques.

Further reading: – button-turp


What Is Horny Goat Weed?

Horny goat weed is a herb known as a “natural aphrodisiac,” as it has been shown in some animal studies to have positive effects on hormone production and libido. The plant that produces horny goat weed is the species called Epimedium, a member of the Berberidaceae plant family that mostly grows in China, other parts of Asia, and in the Mediterranean. Epimedium contains the active ingredient called icariin, which is responsible for most of it’s health-promoting effects.

If you’re thinking that horny goat weed has a strange name, then you’re on to something. The story behind the name is that it originated when farmers noticed that goats and sheep who ate epimedium herbs became more excited around animals of the opposite sex. Scientists haven’t proven that horny goat weed increases sexual function in humans. However, anecdotal evidence, along with certain animal studies, suggests it has some of the following benefits

  • Helps to increase testosterone production
  • Helps to increase estrogen levels, particularly in post-menopausal women
  • Improving libido
  • Boosting circulation
  • Helps to treat conditions like impotence (erectile dysfunction, or ED)
  • Normalizing cortisol levels
  • Helps to increase lean muscle mass
  • Preventing bone loss

Further reading:­‐goat-­‐weed/

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I bought Lexi as a surprise for my husband but it turns out he is allergic to long-haired dogs so we are now looking to find him a new home.

He is 78 years old, an attractive and caring man who drives, is a great cook, and keeps a clean house.


Thank you to Mike Seddon for this month’s funny

Sun Herald

City 2 Surf

WHEN – 12 August 2018

WHERE – Park St, Sydney -involved/events/find-an-event/the-sun-herald-city2surf-2018/

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Outback 4WD Adventure

WHEN – 22-29 Sept 2018

WHERE – Cobar to Broken Hill via the Big Red outback of NSW/SA/QLD

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