Hospice’s vital support for men with prostate cancer
A HOSPICE will reach out to the 470 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Bucks every year and the 3,000 men living with the disease by launching a course next week.
The Hospice of St Francis is holding a Prostate Cancer Wellbeing Course, starting on Thursday, September 17.
Designed to provide support to local men who have been affected by, or who have had treatment for prostate cancer, the course provides a trustworthy and confidential environment for men to share their experiences and talk about the significant effects of living with the illness.
The course runs for six sessions of two hours each, at 2pm every Thursday and will be led by Tina Smith, a specialist prostate cancer nurse with 18 years’ experience in cancer and palliative care, 12 of them in prostate cancer.
The sessions will cover issues such as management of medication and potential side effects, diet and exercise as well as relationships and will be delivered in a straightforward and unpatronising manner.
Feedback from previous participants has been positive, helping course attendees to live well despite the cancer.
After attending the last course, retired sales director, father-of-four and grandfather-of-nine, Colin Spence, 78, from Lappetts Lane, Great Missenden, said: “I found the whole course really informative and helpful in every way.
“The best aspect for me was the ease of discussion, friendliness and mix of people attending. The open attitude of both the facilitators and the attendees was really impressive and overcame many of my worries and fears of the unknown.
“My feelings of fatigue and tiredness did concern me and while talking about it doesn’t solve it, it certainly helps. I’d recommend the course to anyone navigating their way through prostate cancer – the advice, guidance and support were invaluable.”
For more information visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/ springcentre or call Tina Smith on 01442 869 550.