Support Group Meetings
The group holds monthly support meetings for members and their partners. Currently these have to be on Zoom because of social distancing.
- Peer to peer support, where members can share experiences. This can be very useful for a recently diagnosed member to talk with someone who is further down the path, and for discussing side effects and coping strategies.
- Clinician support, when clinicians are available.
- Relevant presentations, by clinicians, researchers, patients, and other support organisations.
One-to-one support is available when a member needs it, outside of support group meetings.
This can be particularly important when a member is going through and receiving their diagnosis, and when choosing treatments. We've been through this ourselves, and we know what an anxious time it can be. We can't advise a patient which treatment to take, but we can try and make sure they have the relevant information, and suggest things to consider, as well as finding members who took specific treatment options to have a talk too.
Prostate cancer is very much a couple's disease - the impact on your partner is very significant too, sometimes more so than on the patient. If you want to have a support session as a couple or even just the partner, that's fine too. We can also talk with other adult family members supporting the patient.
Many members find they easily make new friends with other members. All members share one thing in common, and this can make it easier to become good friends. We do not find it awkward to talk with each other, as some of your existing friends can when you get a cancer diagnosis, because they're worried they might say the wrong thing.
Men are renowned for their difficulty talking about certain very personal issues, but a shared experience of prostate cancer often breaks down this barrier, making it much easier to talk about personal concerns in a safe space with other men with exactly the same issues. However, you can take things at your own pace, and stay within your comfort zone at all times - we all understand that, because we've all been where you are now.
Options are very limited at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Exercise is very important for prostate cancer patients. We are linked up with online exercise classes for cancer patients. There is a charge for this service.