Sup­port group for prostate pa­tients

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A SUP­PORT group for men who have suf­fered from prostate can­cer in­vited friends and fam­ily along on De­cem­ber 14 in or­der to help peo­ple bet­ter understand the ill­ness.

The Com­pass Prostate Sup­port Group, in part­ner­ship with the uroon­col­ogy team at Wex­ham Park Hos­pi­tal, meets mon­thy at Iver Heath Bowls Club, offering sup­port for men who have been af­fected by prostate can­cer.

It pro­vides a confidential en­vi­ron­ment for mem­bers to share in­for­ma­tion, ex­pe­ri­ences and prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to live with and be­yond the dis­ease.

Alison Brown, a urol­ogy as­so­ciate nurse spe­cial­ist who helped get the group run­ning, said: “Prostate can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer af­fect­ing men but it is pos­si­ble to de­tect it at an early stage by screen­ing, and if di­ag­nosed, can be com­pletely cured. So it is vi­tal that men are en­cour­aged to take charge and get checked by their GP on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“How­ever, even when suc­cess­ful, treat­ment can take a toll on the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of those af­fected, so it’s fan­tas­tic to see how Steve and the rest of the mem­bers have taken con­trol of the group and are sup­port­ing each other.”

The group meets on the sec­ond Mon­day of ev­ery month at Iver Heath Bowls Club, Church Road, Iver Heath.

It wel­comes all men who have, or have had prostate can­cer.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from Steve Mol­loy at pca.group. mem­bers@gmail.com or via the Macmil­lan uroon­col­ogy clin­i­cal nurse spe­cial­ists at Wex­ham Park and Heather­wood hos­pi­tals.

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