Hos­pice’s vi­tal sup­port for men with prostate can­cer

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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