What is Orchid doing?
Orchid has a proactive education programme delivering awareness sessions to schools, businesses and the community and around 120 awareness events or talks a year are currently provided by the Orchid team. Orchid has produced a very popular informative Z-card combining a mixture of humour and testicular health and cancer awareness facts.
Orchid provides several publications for anyone who has been affected by testicular cancer including a comprehensive and popular information booklet, information on testicular cancer and fertility as well as testosterone replacement therapy.
Orchid has also created a one stop micro site yourprivates.org.uk which contains downloadable information as well as a number of informative video clips where healthcare professionals and testicular cancer survivors discuss a number of issues. It also includes a downloadable school resource pack which is PSHE approved and can be used to teach children about testicular health and cancer awareness.
Orchid provides a National Male Cancer Telephone Helpline for anyone worried or affected by male cancer. This is a free service and is staffed by Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurse Specialists. Orchid is also piloting a telephone testicular cancer counselling service for men who have been affected by testicular cancer. For more details on this please see here.
Orchid funds a molecular biology and cancer genetics programme with a focus on identifying new genes associated with prostate and testicular tumour development and progression. It also funds the Orchid Tissue Bank, a collection of male cancer histopathology (cancerous tissue). The Tissue Bank has one of the largest collections of penile, prostate and testicular cancer tissue in Europe. The histopathology team collaborates with other genito-urinary research groups in the UK and the world including the Trans-Atlantic Prostate Group and conducts its own research into penile, prostate and testicular cancer. The Orchid tissue bank also supports studies which examine the potential causes and factors that are important in the development of cancer including lifestyle causes, so that we can try to prevent the disease occurring in the first place.
Last reviewed November 2019.Next review November 2020.
References available on request.