It's well known that the PSA test, which gives a measurement of the Prostate Specific Antigen in the blood, does not in itself provide a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Our charity, however, strongly supports the use of PSA testing as an easy first indicator of the possible need for follow-up investigation for prostate cancer, and to that end, we have just completed another free public PSA test event.
This was held at Tewkesbury School on the evening of Wednesday 30 May, and is the latest in a series of such free tests we've promoted around the county in recent years. Many thanks to Tewkesbury School for providing us with an excellent venue and support on the day. Previous events have been held in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Cirencester, Churchdown and Stroud. Once again, we received generous help from volunteers from the Cheltenham branch of Lions International, as well as our own CPCSG volunteers. You can see our poster/advertisement here that was widely publicised in the Tewkesbury area. PSA_Test_poster_J9_Tewkesbury_School.pdf.
During the evening we showed a very informative slideshow about the prostate, provided by Steve Allen which can be reached by clicking here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15vV9RS5tIhXPi_1nxWqSH5PLftek5h_p/view?usp=sharing
In supporting PSA testing, we consider it vital that every man who attends the test should have a good understanding of its pros and cons, and we'll be providing a detailed explanation to everyone, which you can also see here: PSA_test_-_what_every_man_should_know_May_2017.doc
There is also a very good video filmed at a similar event to ours, featuring retired consultant, David Baxter-Smith, which explains the PSA test very well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-YJvJ-3hGU
We hope this has been helpful but if you have any queries please copy our admin email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) .
Some of us are taking part in Megan Bendall's Gloucestershire University photographic project. Megan is creating a a book of portraits of people living with (all kinds of) cancer as well as those who have beaten it - including people's supporters, family and friends. . If you'd like to be part of Megan's work, please contact Cheltenham Maggie's, or CPCSG on the usual email.
This month we will have an open forum, general discussion.
Please visit our new Treatments page. This month it features an introduction to SpaceOAR Hydrogel, as mentioned by John Copsey in a recent Maggie's meeting.