Penile cancer research in Australia and how YOU can help!
Some time ago, in a movie in which he plays an aging, drunken actor, Peter O’Toole, while drawing his penis from his trousers, reels into a female toilet full of women. There are shrieks of horror, and he is confronted by an angry matron who snarls at him, “Sir, this is for the ladies!". Looking down, O’Toole replies “Yes, madam, and so is this, but occasionally I have to pass some water through it".
And that summarises a man’s relationship with his penis. It only has a few functions – fornication, impregnation, masturbation, urination, and at least one of these is a regular daily requirement.
There are many synonyms and funny names for the penis as men feel obliged to entitle an item that commands so much of their attention during their lives. Prick, cock, dick, old fella, wife’s best friend, donger, willy, and (the classic) tallywhacker.
Now imagine the same penis has penile cancer. All the laughter stops abruptly, very very abruptly. This is the news that about 100 men are given every year in Australia and it can be a death sentence - the five-year survival rate at every stage is only about 50%.
Treatments range from minor surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, circumcision and the real biggie, amputation (penectomy). Imagine! “Off with his head”, isn’t a command from the King about a rebellious subject, it’s a directive from your oncologist.
All stages of this terrifying disease require a plethora of specialists – a patient may need oncologists, nurses, urologists, psychologists, sex therapists and plastic surgeons. And in addition to the obvious physical damage, there are a great many potential negative psychological effects – depression, sexual malfunction, loss of quality of life and difficulty with social interactions, self-image and mental well-being.
A major problem in Australia is the complete lack of any research into the interaction needed between the various services, the patients and their partners and families to ensure the best possible physical and mental outcomes.
ANZUP Cancer Trials Group intend to remedy this with an intensive research project involving all disciplines and including the recruitment across Australia of penile cancer sufferers and their partners to gain a comprehensive picture of how this disease can best be treated now and into the future.
ANZUP needs just $50,000.00 for this study. A drop in the ocean compared to what is spent on healthcare in Australia. Come to think of it, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what’s spent on coffee everyday.
SO? You want to help (of course). If you go without a coffee for a week and send your savings, job done! Or go big, open your cheque-book and write out the biggest amount you can’t afford right now.
- Mr Graham Patrick Ross JP just donated $52.20
- Anonymous just donated $250
- Linda just donated $52.20
- Regina McGuire just donated $261
- Jonathan Bell just donated $50
- John Capper just donated $26.10
- Henry Yao just donated $50
- Lashi Bandara just donated $26.10
- Stuart Black just donated $25
- Wayne Earle just donated $52.20
- Alan Kozica just donated $104.40
- Shona d’Arbon just donated $20.88
- BJ just donated $261
- Camille Short just donated $26.10
- Anonymous just donated $10.44
- Byers Family just donated $104.40
- Julijana Trifunovic just donated $52.20
- Joe Giacco just donated $500
- Sarah Hope just donated $26.10
- Richard De Abreu Lourenco just donated $261
What is ANZUP?
ANZUP Cancer Trials Group Ltd is a registered charity that conducts cancer research and clinical trials to improve the outcome of below the belt cancers (prostate, penile, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers).
Is my donation tax deductible?
The Below the Belt Research Appeal is raising funds for ANZUP's below the belt penile cancer research. All donations over $2 in Australia or $5 in New Zealand are tax deductable.
Thank you in advance for helping us towards our goal of $50,000 for below the belt penile cancer research.
A big thank you to our Supporters
The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal
Mr Graham Patrick Ross Jp
wish all the best to every one working on penile ca research
As a penile cancer survivor and advocate It gives me great pleasure to donate to this cause and I cannot wait to get involved in this research program. Thanks to all supporting and donating.
Great campaign to help raise awareness and funds to assist with research for this rare cancer. It needs to be supported.
Vital research to help those with penile cancer and for future generations. Thank you ANZUP.
In memory of all my loved ones who have passed away from cancer.
Best of Luck
Brilliiant and worthy campaign ANZUP. Well done!
Richard De Abreu Lourenco
This is a critical area of research for men and their families; well done ANZUP.