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'ManVan' mobile cancer support unit celebrates second birthday

Wales' first mobile cancer support unit, dubbed the 'ManVan', is celebrating two years of supporting men who have been affected by cancer.

The 38ft American-style motorhome was converted to offer appointments for men with cancer specialists and counselling for them and their families.

The ManVan has had more than 5,100 visitors Credit: Tenovus

The ManVan was launched in April 2014 after Tenovus Cancer Care, Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation joined together to bring the unit to Wales.

Since then, the ManVan has had more than 5,100 visitors and helped over 440 men who had a cancer diagnosis.

Visitor ages ranged from those in their early 20s right through to the over-75s. It has visited almost 100 locations across the country and travelled over 26,000 miles - more than once around the world.

The motor home has been converted both inside and out Credit: Tenovus

The ManVan brings much-needed advice and support to men affected by prostate, penile or testicular cancer in areas where such services are currently lacking. It offers support from a specialist nurse, one-to-one counselling, couples' counselling, group support and benefits advice to men all over Wales.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Wales, with more than 2,500 Welsh men diagnosed each year.

More than 2,500 Welsh men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year Credit: Tenovus

The services I have had on board the ManVan have helped me put things into perspective. They have made me aware of what to expect, even the little things that the hospital wouldn't tell me about. I have had help from a counsellor and help claiming support, so that I don't need to worry about bills.

– Eric Mathias, prostate cancer patient