Facing the Tiger Resources

The Facing the Tiger psychological care approach for prostate cancer consists of two main resources:

  • a patient self-help book entitled Facing the Tiger: A survivorship guide for men with prostate cancer and their partners
  • a healthcare provider manual entitled A Health Professionals Guide to Delivering Psychological Care for Men With Prostate Cancer.

While not essential for use, remote online training for interested health professionals in the Facing the Tiger psychological care approach using the Guide is available via www.suzannechambers.com.au.



Facing the Tiger: A survivorship guide for men with prostate cancer and their partners

by Suzanne Chambers, AO

“This book is amazing. I have had so much positive feedback from patients and their partners. One wife told me she had read the book first, as her husband wasn’t going to read it even though he was feeling really low. She finally talked him into it and said he felt so much better afterwards, knowing others had been through what he was going through. It helped lift his spirits throughout his radiation treatment. I give this book to any of my patients who are struggling.”

— Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse
Facing the Tiger

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Facing the Tiger is a self-directed mental health intervention to assist men with prostate cancer and their partners maintain their mental wellbeing as they move through treatment and beyond.

The book incorporates the evidence-based science of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) with an engaging writing style and the lived experiences of prostate cancer survivors to achieve better survivorship outcomes through better mental health. It helps patients:

  • manage stress and anxiety,
  • improve decision-making,
  • understand their unique treatment journey,
  • access appropriate support,
  • increase the effectiveness of communication with their health care team.

Facing the Tiger is a proactive intervention, based on the understanding that older men are often reluctant to seek help for mental health issues. It fits within a stepped model of care by providing psychological support for men who are mild or moderately distressed and therefore can contribute to preventing the escalation of symptoms requiring higher intensity therapy. It incorporates an understanding and responsiveness to masculine values in the identification of a man’s personal strengths on which he can build his resilience in the face of the cancer diagnosis.

It is designed to be provided by health professionals to men and their partners directly, whether at diagnosis or through treatment and active surveillance. It forms part of the leading approach to cancer survivorship as detailed in the Prostate Cancer Survivorship Essentials Framework. This framework is designed to achieve better survivorship outcomes through a high care focus on the wider psychosocial impacts of cancer as well as medical intervention.

The book fits well with ongoing patient care plans and meets the usage guidelines of the Australian developed Psychosocial Care Model for Men with Prostate Cancer.

Special pricing is available for bulk copy purchases within medical settings, whether based in Australia or overseas.

A US edition of Facing the Tiger was published in late 2021. The book is also available across the UK, Canada and the EU from leading online book retailers including Amazon.

Email Stephen May for further information.

Author royalties for Facing the Tiger are directed to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The Health Professionals Guide to Delivering Psychological Care for Men with Prostate Cancer

by Suzanne Chambers, AO, Nicole Heneka, Jeff Dunn, AO

The Health Professionals Guide to Delivering Psychological Care for Men With Prostate Cancer was developed to allow health professionals to incorporate accessible psychological support in the care they deliver to men with prostate cancer from the point of diagnosis and throughout the man’s treatment journey. It addresses psychological distress in patients who may not expressly ask for help through regular distress screening and allows for the delivery of appropriate psychological intervention in a timely manner.

Appropriate for use by a range of health professionals, including nurses, doctors, social workers, physiotherapists and psychologists, the Guide shows how to construct a tailored intervention centred on increasing a man’s personal agency in self-managing the challenges of prostate cancer.

It applies a cognitive behavioural approach and is designed to make use of the evidence-informed self-help book Facing the Tiger: A Survivorship Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer and their Partners. The strategies used are evidence-informed, and the approach allows for cost-effective, flexible support that is men-centred and strengths-based and incorporates an understanding and responsiveness to masculine values in the design of care. It identifies a man’s personal strengths on which he can build his resilience in the face of the cancer diagnosis.

The Guide includes:

  • standardised session structure guidelines
  • patient self-management resource Facing the Tiger as an Appendix
  • Flexible delivery options
  • downloadable and photocopiable session worksheets
  • a downloadable fill-in PDF patient survivorship care plan
  • download links to free external forms/tests
  • external resource list covering issues such as sex, urinary problems, exercise and complementary medicine.

Special pricing is available for bulk copy purchases within medical settings, whether based in Australia or overseas. Email Stephen May for further information. The guide is also available across the UK, Canada and the EU from leading online book retailers including Amazon. A US edition is due out in 2022.

About the Authors

Professor Suzanne K Chambers AO, PhD

Professor Suzanne Chambers AO is a health psychologist and registered nurse who has been working as a practitioner-researcher in psycho-oncology for over 30 years. She was awarded her PhD in 2004 within the School of Psychology at Griffith University and has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books, book chapters and monographs. Her work has focussed on developing models to predict help-seeking and adjustment after cancer: designing remote access psychological interventions for people affected by cancer, integrating peer support into controlled design methodologies, and integrating distress screening into interventions to target high distress cancer patient groups. Professor Chambers was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018 for distinguished service to medical research, particularly in the area of psycho-oncology and to community health through patient care strategies to assist men with prostate cancer. She is a Board member of Healthy Male (Andrology Australia) and an Honorary Fellow with St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Professor Chambers is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Australian Catholic University.

Dr Nicole Heneka, PhD

Dr Nicole Heneka is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship at the University of Technology Sydney. She has over 20 years experience in program management and has focussed on health services research in cancer and palliative care services for the last 12 years. In her current role, she leads a program of research in the delivery of prostate cancer survivorship care, including patterns of care, implementation and evaluation strategies for survivorship care, and research capacity building in survivorship care. Dr Heneka’s work in health services research has been recognised through her award of the Clinical Excellence Commission Ian O’Rourke Scholarship in Patient Safety (2016), and the Palliative Care Australia, National Emerging Researcher award (2019).

Professor Jeff Dunn AO, PhD

Professor Jeff Dunn AO is the Chief of Mission and Head of Research at the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). His work in cancer control spans 30 years, during which time he has dedicated his career to the development of strategies that underpin cancer survival and improve awareness of the disease. He is a recognised World Cancer Leader and, prior to his appointment as UICC President-Elect, served as Treasurer of the UICC for four years and as an Elected Director for six. Professor Dunn also serves as the Professor and Chair of Social and Behavioural Science at the University of Southern Queensland, where his work has a central focus on the social and behavioural aspects of cancer, covering the continuum of research, prevention, early detection, supportive care, and quality of life. He is actively involved in research in this field and is also a Director of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Board and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee. He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Australia (2014) for distinguished service to medical administration through leadership of cancer control organisations and promotion of innovative and integrated cancer care programs.

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