giving men a better chance of beating prostate cancer
Getting Down to Coping
Video: Getting Down to Coping
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.
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 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 use the contacts below:
If you want to speak with any person involved with our Support Groups, just ring:
01483 406 870
"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
Maggie and Reg Swaden
Educational Evening Meetings
Tuesday 7th May - pub lunch at The Brickmakers, Windlesham GU20 6HT. Arrive between 12 noon and 12.15, order at the bar and food will all be served around 12.30 – 12.45. All welcome
Our pub lunches are very informal and allow you to meet others with similar conditions and learn from their experiences. These meetings are light hearted, relaxed and friendly. Everyone welcome so please come along either by yourself or with your wife, family or friend. We also welcome unaccompanied ladies if their husbands do not want to come along. If you know of anyone who is worried about prostate cancer, whether or not they have it, please encourage them to come along and join us.
Thursday June 20th - garden lunch at Merryacres. A substantial buffet with cold meats, quiches and salads, several desserts, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee. £5/head. Please let Maggie know if you would like to attend by contacting her at: email@example.com or calling 01483 406 870.
Wednesday 13th March, 19.30 - at the Stokes Centre for Urology, Royal Surrey County Hospital. This will be an ‘Any Questions’ session with Dr Carla Perna, a consultant oncologist and Mr Dimitrios Moschonas, a consultant urologist to answer your questions.
If any of you have any questions that you would like to ask please let Maggie Swaden (Support Group Leader) have them, so she can pass them on to the speakers. Please support this event and bring along any friends who might be interested. The meeting is free but if you park at the Royal Surrey you will need to pay for parking.
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:
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