Support Groups

Peter SeatonWe have a free, 24 hour 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:

0800 6783168

If you want to speak with any person involved with our Support Groups, just ring:

  • Peter Seaton on 01483 272 547 or 07985 961 396
  • Mac Derwig on 01483 811 878/07971 855 195
  • Peter Smale on 01483 714 807
  • Mrs Cassia Morris 01483 526 401/07775 522 377

 

Being newly diagnosed with prostate cancer can be very traumatic and while doctors and nurses are very experience 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 two patient-led groups, working with Frimley Park and Royal Surrey County Hosptials, Guildford and private hospitals in Surrey.

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 GettingDown 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. Clink on the link below to watch the film:

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mediacentre/press/2012/76405_new_video_launched_to_help_prostate_cancer_patients.htm

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

This organisation 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.

Upcoming Support Group Meetings

 

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EVENING MEETINGS

  • Monday 29 July 2013, 6:30-8:00pm

at Frimley Park Hospital - hospital boardroom. Hywel Evans, Consultant Radiologist, Frimley Park Hospital "Imaging in prostate cancer"


PUB LUNCHES

  • Tuesday 17 September 2013, 12:30-2:00pm

An informal lunch and chat at the Rose and Thistle Pub, Frimley Green (on the green). Order from the menu.

  • Wednesday 9 October 2013, 12:30-2:00pm

An informal lunch and chat at the Percy Arms, Chilworth. Order from the menu.

             

All are welcome, including partners, family and friends.

For further details, please contact Peter Seaton on 01483 272547 or 07985 961396

 

New Ladies Support Group

We have been aware for some time that there is a need for support and help for partners of men with prostate cancer. We are therefore forming a "Ladies Group" to cover both Guildford and Frimley Park areas.

The Ladies 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 Ann 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 woman's point of view.

The Aims of the Support Groups are to:

  • Offer confidential non-medical information and support based on their own experiences to men, their partners and families affected by the disease.
  • Seek to raise awareness of the consequences of prostate cancer in our area to encourage others to seek early diagnosis
  • Hold quarterly evening meetings where we invite specialists to talk to us about relevant topics.  We also have lunch meetings at local pubs
  • Give talks to a wide range of local groups about our personal experiences of prostate cancer and about our work
  • Have displays in shopping centres and at local events to promote awareness of prostate cancer and the work we do
  • Talk to individuals and members of their families who would like to know more about what it is like to live with the condition

The groups are run by Peter Seaton who will be happy to give you more information.