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The UHCW Prostate Cancer Support Group met on Monday afternoon on 9th April. We had an excellent talk from Nurse Sarah Roth on Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and its treatments. Sarah runs an ED Clinic at UHCW. Men can be referred to her clinic by Consultants or CNSs attached to the Urology and Oncology Departments. Despite the unusually low attendance, Sarah's talk was followed by many questions and a lively discussion. Click here for a summary of the treatments discussed.
Our recent awareness event on 17th March at the Windmill Sports and Social Club, Hartshill, Nuneaton was a great success. News of the event had spread throughout the local community by social media and by word of mouth. This resulted in an excellent turn-out (on a very cold day), and we tested 150 men. We were well hosted by Neil Price, club steward, and were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Bill Hancox and his wife, Sheila. This event raised awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the local community, and of the need for regular PSA testing.
Sheila Purnell prepares to take a blood sample from a relaxed Bill Tipple. Our recent awareness event at St Finbarr's Sports and Social Club was a great success. We tested 93 men and helped to raise awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the Coventry community. A significant number of men had heard about this session from those that attended one of our earlier events at St Finbarr's. Thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running of this testing session. Our next event at St Finbarr's will be on Saturday 9th June 2018, from 10:45am to 1:00pm.
Steve Cragg (2nd from left) presents Brian and Sheila Cooley with a cheque for £912.73. Steve featured a multi-coloured mohican hair style throughout Movember and raised this money from his generous friends and work colleagues. We are very grateful to Steve and all who helped him raise this enormous sum. Also present is Phil Hanrahan, Healthwise Coordinator at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Centre, Rugby, who invited us to have a stall at the Centre in Movember and put us in contact with Steve.
This event was well attended, and in addition to the usual hospitality, we were rewarded with mince pies! We welcomed Sue Boyes who works for Prostate Cancer UK (PC UK); Sue is part of a team dedicated to the development of prostate cancer support groups throughout the country. She gave us an excellent talk in which she emphasised the importance of patient-led support groups, and the benefits of men with prostate cancer getting together to discuss their experiences and provide mutual support. Such groups vary widely in age, size, and ambition from the small and informal to larger groups that also raise money for their local hospital or to create awareness of the risks of prostate cancer.
Our follow up awareness event at St Finbarr's Sports and Social Club was a great success. We tested 77 men and helped to raise the awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the Coventry community. A significant number of men had heard about this event from those that attended on 14th October. Thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running of this testing session. Our next event at St Finbarr's will be on Saturday 10th February 2018, from 10:45am to 1:00pm. More details to follow.
Our first awareness event held at St Finbarr's Sports and Social Club was a great success. We tested 80 men and helped to raise the awareness of the risks of prostate cancer among the Coventry community. Thanks to all who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running of this testing session. Our next event at St Finbarr's will be on Saturday 2nd December from 10:45am to 1:00pm. More details to follow.
Julie Hunt, the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager at the George Eliot Hospital, gave us an interesting and informal talk about the HOPE course. The course is designed to help you rediscover your strengths and overcome the emotional and practical challenges of life after cancer. You are able to share your experiences and find support from other people going through the same experience. You don't have to face it alone. Julie encouraged a lively discussion and the more we explored the issues the more we could see the relevance of such a course.
AGM of Prostate Cancer Support Association (Central England)
26 Apr 2018 19:30–21:00
PSA Testing Event at Willenhall Social Club on Saturday 19th May 2018
19 May 2018 10:00–12:30