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A new video produced by researchers at the University of Surrey gives the chance for men who have had prostate cancer to tell other men how they have coped with the effects of the disease and its treatment. The programme teaches men practical, physical and cognitive ways to help them cope with the urinary symptoms they experience after radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer. The film called Getting Down to Coping was made with several of the members of this Support Group and seven men speak candidly and helpfully in the film about their personal stories and coping realities. Click on the link below to watch the film:
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT) works with many men and couples affected by this disease. They represent psychologist, urologists, doctors, nurses, researchers and psychosexual therapists. Please see they web for further information www.cosrt.org.uk This group hopes to work with the Prostate Project.
We have been aware for some time that there is a need for support and help for partners of men with prostate cancer. The Partners' Group has the full support and backing of the medical teams at the Royal Surrey Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital. Mr Bruce Montgomery, Consultant Urologist at Frimley Park Hospital has agreed to act as sponsor for the Group and Ann Challis has generously agreed to act as the focal point for the Group.
If you would like more information, please contact Anne on 01252 737 491.The aim is to offer support, help and advice on a one-to-one basis, in informal meetings and, if there is found to be a need, in more formal meetings where specialists can come along and talk about prostate cancer and care from a partner's point of view.
Educational Evening Meetings
Wednesday 4th July - Garden Lunch, Merryacres, Witley . 12 noon onwards
Thursday 13th September - pub lunch at The Brickmakers, Chertsey Road, Windlesham, GU20 6HT, 12 noon. Order food and drinks from the bar. All welcome
PSA TESTING EVENT Following a successful event last year, Guildford Lions Club are running a free PSA testing event on Saturday 28th April from 13.00 – 17.30 at The Samson Centre (also known as The Waterside Centre), Riverside, Guildford. GU1 1LW. If you know anyone you believe would benefit from having a test please let them know about this event. Anyone is welcome and although primarily aimed at men over 50, anyone who is a potential risk (e.g. has a history of cancer in the family, or African & Caribbean men) could be tested earlier. Last year approximately 7% of men who were tested had a raised PSA level and were given advice on what further steps should be taken.
"A big thank you for the lunch last Wednesday. We very much enjoyed meeting everyone, the food was delicious and an added bonus for me was being able to walk round your beautiful garden. Shame the weather wasn't better but it didn't affect the great time we had with you. It was a lot of hard work for you but very much appreciated by us all and we look forward to the next time we'll be meeting everyone again. My partner gets a great boost from being with other "sufferers" and being able to chat to them and swapping experiences gives him confidence. You're doing a marvellous job and we're so thankful to be part of your group"
Support Group Member, June 2016
Being newly diagnosed with prostate cancer can be very traumatic and while doctors and nurses are very experienced in breaking the news, only those who have first hand experience of cancer have a real understanding of how sufferers and their families feel about being told. A lot of men are reluctant to talk about medical conditions or to seek help and support, even when faced with such a life-changing experience. However, many men (and their families) find they gain much comfort, confidence and encouragement from talking to others who are either living with or who have been cured of prostate cancer. The Prostate Project supports a patient-led group, working with Frimley Park and Royal Surrey County Hospitals, Guildford and private hospitals in Surrey. We hold quarterly evening meetings where we invite specialists to talk to us about relevant topics. We also have lunch meetings at local pubs. Come along and meet others, who understand your situation, in a friendly and informal environment. You are very welcome to bring your wife, partner, friend or family with you and are ensured a warm reception. The groups are run by Reg and Maggie Swaden who will be happy to give you more information.
We have a free patient support helpline open so if anyone close to you is suffering from prostate cancer or you would like to have confidential chat about the disease please call this number and ask for the contact details for your local support group:
0800 0355 302
or email email@example.com
If you want to speak with any person involved with our Support Groups, just ring:
Reg and Maggie Swaden on 0800 0355 302 (ask for the contact details for your local support group)
Mac Derwig on 01483 811 878 or 07971 855 195
Anne Challis (partners) on 01252 737491
Getting Down to Coping
giving men a better chance of beating prostate cancer
Partners' Support Group
Maggie and Reg Swaden
October (date tbc) - Educational evening. "All you want to know about Prostate Cancer”. There will be a panel of experts including a
doctor, nurses and patients. The evening is open to all, both those already diagnosed and also anyone who just wants to find out more.